life without God

A life without God

A life without God can be viewed from two perspectives:

• Living in denial of God’s existence (Atheism)

• Believing in the existence of God, yet neglecting His Presence in one’s life (disownment)

Atheism or disownment?

I sat down and wondered who is worse: a mere man who denies being a progeny of a parent or a man who believes he has parents but fails to acknowledge them. They both are more like birds of a kind. Why would you claim you have parents whom you do not identify with? You are as good as disown them. So whether you are in atheism or disownment there is one scripture for you.

Psalm 14:1

The fool has said in his heart,“There is no God.”…

Why would anyone be considered a fool for denying God’s existence?

Romans 1:20

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

Who is without excuse? Mankind.

Psalm 19:1-2

The heavens declare the glory of God;and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech,and night unto night reveals knowledge.

No scientific research has been able to give any sensible explanation of man’s existence or how the solar system is suspended up there with nothing. The evidence of God’s existence in nature is so overwhelming that one could dedicate an entire article to prove it.

This article however focuses on those who believe in God’s existence yet fail to acknowledge His presence in their life.

Too often man is easily carried away with the numerous distractions of life. I saw a movie ‘War room’ where an elderly lady asked a younger one to classify her prayer life as either hot or cold. The later responded with indifference; explaining her lukewarm relationship with God due to full work schedules

“but I would consider myself as a spiritual person; I’m not hot, but I’m not cold either. Just, you know, somewhere in the middle” she said finally.

The older woman immediately served her a lukewarm cup of coffee.  She took a sip and the expression on her face explained her surprise and disgust at the older woman’s taste in coffee.

“Miss Claire, you like your coffee room temperature?”

“No baby, mine is hot” she replied.

The younger lady got the message. The older lady further explained;

“people like their coffee hot or cold. Nobody likes it lukewarm, not even the Lord.”

A blind man without stick

Do people get married to never have relationship with each other? Can parents wish to bear forth children for them to live separate lives from them? Why would anyone believe in God yet stay so distant from Him? The answers may come easy:

• Busy work schedule

• Marital challenges

• Persistent sickness

• Unemployment

• Loss of hope after waiting on God for too long

• Pursuit for a life of pleasure

There could be a lot more reasons but the aforementioned are common ones. Some persons unconsciously drift apart from God as they pursue material possessions. Others are deliberately not on talking terms with God because they feel disappointed and lost confidence in Him.  Whichever is your reason; there is danger in walking without God. Just like it is dangerous for a blind man to walk without his stick or any guide.  Someone once described God as the light while physical blessings are shadows. When you face the light, the shadow comes along behind you. If you turn around to chase the shadow, you never catch it. 

Solomon, the wisest man, searched through the world and concluded that life is meaningless without God. Life is not a bed of roses. Not even the Christian life. However, God demands that we never lose our grip of His hands as He walks us through life’s storms. He requires that we hold on even when it doesn’t seem to make sense, trusting that He sees beyond us and would do what is just right for us.

Danger of walking without God

It is unsafe for a man to walk alone through life without God. It is even insolent for a creation to act independent of its creator. This particular creator is a jealous one and would not have you place anything or anyone ahead of Him. God does not stop you from living a regular life. He only abhors taking second place in the life of man (His creation). He simply wants you to acknowledge His abiding presence around you everywhere, every day, every time. Things often go wrong when we fail to acknowledge God in our lives.

1. Our hearts become so darkened that it becomes difficult to recognize evil.

Romans 1:28-32

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

Sexual perverts are typical examples here. They fail to walk with God and God gives them over to a perverted mind. Then they see evil as a norm and their destruction in the end is sure. You can read more on this here.

Jude 1:4

For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness (license for immorality) and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

2. Walking without God is walking dead (a zombie to the fleshly desires)

Any man who has walked away from God is as good as dead. We are dead men due to our sinful nature but God’s presence makes us alive. A man who walks away from God therefore loses this privilege and can be therefore seen as a zombie. Zombies, as we see in movies, have no control over themselves. They are controlled by a supernatural force. Likewise a man who walks without God. He is controlled and enslaved  by sinful desires.

This was Paul’s plight in Romans 7:15, 17-18.

“…what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.”

Romans 8:9-11

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

3. A life of fear

Walking without God places a man in constant fear of the unknown. A lot of wealthy men out there sleep in constant fear due to insecurity of their souls. They live behind high walls and armed security personnel. However, death is no respecter of security men. Death walks right through them and sends their soul to eternal torment in hell. With God however, our lives are secured and we do not fear death.

2 Timothy 1:7

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Philippians 1:21

 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

4. A life without hope

Walking without God means life ends here for you. Life therefore has no meaning. However, faithful Christians have hope of eternal life of bliss after our time here on earth.

1 Corinthians 15:19

If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

5. A state of emptiness

There is a feeling of emptiness from within that accompanies a life without God. The further a man plunges himself to acquire happiness, the more an inner peace eludes him. Despite all he may attain, a vacuum remains unfilled inside of him.

Romans 5:1

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

There is a true peace that is only found in Christ. This peace is beyond human understanding.

Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


A life without God is vanity. Amassing wealth, bagging educational degrees, producing numerous children, attaining fame or any other good thing of life; all amounts to a wasted life if God is not intrinsically involved in it. It is chasing shadows. King Solomon called it vanity upon vanity.

Life distractions should never shift our attention from God, else we lose track completely and our end would be worse than the beginning

1 John 1:6

If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

2 Peter 2:19-22

While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

Devil may promise everything but in the end it is a mirage. Let us hold unswervingly to the Christian faith and we shall gain in the end. A life without God is like sitting all day preparing an account document without saving and then the computer goes off. A hectic but wasted day! A wasted life!

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