When an atheist loves or does good, is it from God?
Is a spiritual truth from another faith still wisdom from God, even though it may not be attributed to the one true God?
The fact of the matter is there are some atheists and people of other faiths more loving, friendly and generous than many of us Christians.
We were all made in God’s image. God IS love, and any love that is in us is from Him. Just because some people don’t attribute that love to Him doesn’t mean it doesn’t come from Him. Love definitely cannot come from the devil.
Genesis 1:27 (NKJV)
27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
But, being made in God’s image doesn’t mean that we look like Him physically because He is a spirit.
John 4:24 (NKJV)
24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
In fact, Jesus represents our invisible Father in bodily form…
Colossians 1:15 (NKJV)
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
But, being made in His image means we look like Him spiritually. It means we can have His character…His heart…His attributes…His mind.
1 Corinthians 2:16 (NKJV)
16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
It means we can love like Him. We can hurt like Him. We can be angry like Him. We can feel like Him.
He gives EVERYONE of us a measure of faith…
3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
He also gave us free will, and because of that free will, some choose place that faith in idol Gods…other religions…themselves…or no one at all.
It’s just like a son who looks just like His father but resents and rejects him saying, “You’re not my father!” “I look nothing like you!”
Consider this verse…
Romans 2: 14-16
14 for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, 15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) 16 in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.
Anyone’s ability to love and do good comes from God, even if they don’t believe in Him, it still originates from Him.
Also, since God is all-knowing, and the source of all knowledge…then even the wisdom of other religions is still from God. They just don’t attribute it to Him….
Romans 1:20-23 (NKJV)
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
Just because that same son we mentioned earlier doesn’t want to admit that he inherited his intelligence or talents from his father or mother, doesn’t mean that he didn’t.
It’s evident in everything the son does, he proves he came from his parents, he proves they exist or existed…whether he admits it or not.
So, when unbelievers love. When someone of another faith speaks wisdom. When either of them are generous…it still comes from God. They are still created in His image. They just don’t give Him credit as the source.
For example, the wisdom behind ‘karma’ is still the same Godly knowledge of ‘reaping what you sow’…
7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
When you hear truth coming from an atheist or someone of another faith…the fact that they don’t believe in the one true and living God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ doesn’t prevent it from being truth…in fact, they are proving God is real.
It is our responsibility to convince them to give their measure of faith to God.