The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:5 — ESV
Many will say, “I don’t believe in God” or “I cannot believe in God anymore.” This is so sad — but for a Christian parent it cuts even harder when hearing these words from the mouth of her own child/ren.
“Where have I gone wrong? Why won’t they believe in God? What did I do, or didn’t do, so they have gone astray?” a mother will ask herself.
In Romans we read that there really aren’t any atheists — people who deny that there is a God:
For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
Romans 1:19-20 — ESV
But if they (really) know that there is a God, why would they willingly chose to deny Him? And why would someone, who grew up in a Christian home, ever want to run away from God instead to Him?
Listen to what Gene Veith writes about this:
A young man is raised in a Christian home and has some measure of belief in Christ. He then becomes involved in some sort of overt sin. This can be any sin — pride, covetousness, addiction, dishonoring of parents, worldliness. It is often a sexual sin. He has the honesty and presence of mind to realize that this favorite sin is incompatible with the Christian faith. He has the moral sensitivity to experience guilt.
There are two ways he can respond. He may repent of the sin and turn to Christ to receive full and free forgiveness. Or he may hold on to the sin, treasure it, and refuse to give it up either overtly or emotionally. He starts to center his life around the sin, to seek from it consolation, help, and escape, to find in it, in effect, the meaning of his life.
But what about the guilt? If he is not interested in repenting and being forgiven, then there is only one way to tend the torment: to reject whatever it is that brands his life as evil. If what I am doing is not really wrong, then I can “feel good about myself.” If there is no objective standard of right and wrong, I can do as I please. If there is no God, then I am not a sinner.
Gene Edward Veith in Loving God with All Your Mind (Crossway 2003), p. 79
Sin is strong and keeps us away from the Light. When we cling to our sin we will stay in darkness. When we chose to repent and be forgiven we come to the Light who is the only One that overcomes darkness itself!
I wandered so aimless, life filled with sin
I wouldn’t let my Dear Savior in
Then Jesus came like a stranger in the night
Praise the Lord I saw the light
Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.
Martin Luther King Jr.