Can Atheists Be Pleasing to God?
“It is held by eminent theologians like Ludwig Ott that ‘Inculpable and invincible ignorance regarding the existence of God is not possible for a long time in a normal, grown-up person…’ (cf. Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, p. 16). Such people choose to ignore their very nature. As, St. Paul says this is ‘inexcusable.’ … Since it is built into man’s very nature to know there is a Personal God… that He does exist… such atheistic men cannot escape falling into the worst of sins by taking this position…. Given that God’s existence is naturally knowable to all men, but is rejected by atheists, then is not this very act of rejection, in and of itself, a deep and grievous violation of conscience? Furthermore, if conscience is ‘the voice of God’, why should the atheist accept the voice of God while rejecting Its Author? … So, if a man cannot obey his conscience in such a serious and grave matter as God’s existence, how can he follow it in other less grave matters? He cannot! … In other words, there is no such thing as an ‘autonomous conscience’ [thus] making it impossible for an atheist to have a clear conscience! Our King meant what He said: ‘He that believeth not shall be condemned [but he that believeth not shall be condemned]!’ (Mark 16:15-16) We must not affirm them in any way but rather seek their conversion.”
- Date Preached: 2013-10-20
- Sermon length: 26 minutes 28 seconds
- File size: 9.1 MB
- Download Link: http://www.AudioSancto.org/auweb/20131020-Can-Atheists-Be-Pleasing-to-God.mp3
HT to Pertinacious Papist