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Are You an Apatheist?

Michael Beck Michael Beck

When it comes to God, the prevailing attitude in the majority of people is not atheism, it is apatheism.

Apatheisma disinclination to care all that much about one’s own religion, and an even stronger disinclination to care about other people’s

Apatheists fill church pews throughout this country every Sunday. They may “believe” in God. They may even accept many tenets of the faith. But the level of their involvement with the living God is limited by their own apathy. They have confined Him to their rituals and creeds. If any honor goes in His direction it stays along these lines. As far as the day to day operation of running their lives, He is largely, if not totally, irrelevant. They trust more in their own heart and their own minds ability to run their life. They have no interest in a God who wants to give more than they are willing to receive. They keep Him at a distance on purpose because they don’t want what they deem would be His interference. His knock at the door of their heart is unwelcome. He is not hated, but He is not loved. He must be kept in His place, which is a very small corner of their universe.

Thus, in the secret place of their heart, they live alone. They commune with their own thoughts and like it that way. Having shut out the beneficial involvement of a God who wants access into every chamber of the heart, they are left to their own devices which spring from their own thoughts. Because God is not in all their thoughts, directing their way through life, it is only a matter of time before they eat the bitter fruit of their own way. In not caring about Him, they have ultimately not cared for their own soul. He is not willing for them to perish, but because to know Him is life, their refusal to open their hearts to Him, is the very cause of their destruction.

“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men” (Isaiah 29:13)


Michael Beck is a pastor in New York City and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.