Can a society exist without God

Can a society exist without God?

I receive from the Creation Ministries International their Prayer letter.  This one just arrived the other day.  It contained an article by Dominic Statham on Peter Hitchens.  Who is the brother of the well known atheist Christopher Hitchens.

This is what Dominic writes concerning Peter.

As a Teenager Peter had come the  reject Christian beliefs with which he had been raised as a child- even to the point of publicly burning a Bible and joining the generation who were too cleaver to believe.  He embraced the faith of the faithless age, that science could explain everything we needed to know without reference to God.  So vehemently had he turned away from God that he was almost physically disgusted by those who believed.

Peter wrote that his views changed slowly, as he came to see the fruit of atheism.  Part of the realisation came when he worked as a journalist in Moscow, during the final years of the Soviet Union.  His depiction of this godless society was sobering.  He wrote of the riots that broke out when the vodka ration was cancelled.  One week; the bribes required to obtained anaesthetics at the dentist or antibiotics at the hospital; the frightening levels of divorce and abortion; the mistrust and surveillance; the unending official lies, manipulation and oppression; the mistrust; the squalor desperation and the harsh incivility.  Peter wrote how traffic stops dead in Moscow when the rain begins to fall, as every driver fetches wind screen wipers from their hiding places and quickly fits them to their holders.  Any wipers left in place when the car is parked are stolen as a matter of course.
Society without God.
Atheist, humanistic ideology of the state, he believed, had even affected the Russian language.  Peter spoke to a descendant of an exile, whose grandparents had fled Moscow in the days of Lenin.  Having been brought up to speak pure Russian in his American home- the elegant, literary language of his parents- he was shocked when he visited Russia to hear the coarse, ugly, slang infested and bureaucratic tongue that was now spoken , even by the educated professionals.
Peter also wrote of what he saw as the growing public discourtesy and incivility in Britain.  When he returned to London, after five years absence, he was shocked by the decline in people’s behaviour.  He commented
The rapid vanishing of Christianity from the public consciousness and life, as the last Christian generation ages and disappears, seems to me to be a major part of it.  I did not think I would have been so shocked by the squallier and rudeness of the 1990 Moscow.  If I had not come from a country where Christian forbearance was still well established.  If I had then been able to see London 2010, I would have been equally shocked.
In many respects, Peter’s book is warning to people, as to the kind of society they can expect if they continue to reject Christian beliefs.
Mat 5: 13-14 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
John 3: 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Salt preserves and light exposes.

Yet we are told that men love the darkness and desire evil.  The natural inclination is always downwards.  The belief that if only they could dispense with a society that no longer believes in God, especially the Christian God and have nothing to do with it, that society will be a better society all round.  But the Bible makes it clear and Peter Hitchens experience agrees that a society that has rejected the idea of a God is a society that will quickly descend into godlessness, immorality and chaos.  But how will a world cope never mind a nation?  Islam predicts itself as the moral meter to society and yet its failure in rejecting the light and the salt means it too will also fail to achieve a morality.  Outwardly clothing women in back sheets but can never impose a morality within the human soul.  It is but a matter of time before that society will erupt in violence and anarchy.  The present uprising in the Middle East to overthrow corrupt government may just be a glimmer of the unrest.  Remembering that these corrupt governments are themselves Islamic.

Math 23: 75 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

Conformity by legalism as we see in Islam will not work any more than it did with Communism.  For it is more than a mere belief in a god that can turn the tables, but a belief in the one true God.

Jer 17:9 The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Pro 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin [is] a reproach to any people.

As men pontificate and debate, rejecting the Bible and the God it speaks about, little do they realised they are nailing the last nail to their own coffin.  When God gives a nation over, he gives them over to their own devises.  It is almost as if to say, if this is what you want to sow then this is what you will reap.  God does not even need to send judgement upon a nation all he has to do is stand to one side and let that nation descend into its own dark miserable abyss.   It cannot be denied that those nations which have held to the Bible and have been influenced by a  Christian heritage may not have been perfect but they have achieved a high degree of  morality, governing  stability; national equality, abolished slavery; upheld the rights of the individual;  imposed just laws; exercised education to a high degree for both men and women.

Rom 1:21-22, 24 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools… Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:…

The fading influence of the light.

Modern history would seem to say that the light is fading and is setting slowly beyond the mountain.  Nature hates a vacuum and as the light fades darkness replaces it.  Mans wickedness is finding greater expression and exploring new depths.  World is slowly becoming colder as the warmth is replaced.  The church which once preserved is passing, being replaced by corporations who make merchandise of the gospel.  Who rob it of its sincerity,  its passion and  its power. We decry the pulpit pimps who prostitute the gospel for a dollar, but we don’t see how far the light has set.  At present we are looking at the ebbing sun and wonder.    For those who retain the light will become an even greater oddity, hated because they have the light of the son of God shinning through them, and rejected as strange oddities of a dying past.  I hope we have not arrived at that point in time, but I suspect we are close.  The plum line as to those of us who are Christ’s will be our loyalty to Christ and the truth which he has presented.  Everyone else will defend whatever seems good in their own imagination. Loyalty to Christ will be price just too high.  But eternity beckons.  Like a speed train we are all heading for that destination, and where we get off will depend on where we are seated.  Make no mistake about it.  We will either serve Christ or we will serve ourselves.  Those who serve themselves will serve the man of sin. Choices will be made sooner or later.  Standing true to Christ will become harder.  I hope and pray that you will be one of those who have settled the matter and you have chosen to stand with Christ.