I want to take a look at another argument used by an atheist who claims that the Bible is full of contradictions and therefore should not be considered a trustworthy Book. The claim falls along the same lines as the previous claims, being that the atheist superficially reads bits and pieces of the Bible and believes that he has discovered a contradiction. He usually does not bother to examine the texts in detail to see of he has reached the correct conclusion or not. (usually because his “contradiction” is something that he has heard someone else say instead of actually studying from the Bible). Anyway, here is the evidence the atheist uses.
Matthew 7:21 – “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven …”
Acts 2:21 – And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
First of all, saying “Lord, Lord” and calling on the name of the Lord are two totally different things. To call on the name of the Lord is literally to take on the Lord’s name (His character). This expression has the idea of a wife taking on her husband’s name. It means much more than just calling out her husband’s name. In Biblical times, the name was associated with the person’s character. When we talk about the name of the Lord what we really mean is His character. Therefore, those who “call upon the name of the Lord” as the text in Acts says, literally they take on the character of the Lord. They become like Him. They call His name upon themselves.
The passage in Matthew 7 comes from Jesus Christ’s famous “Sermon on the Mount” and in this section He is speaking of those who call Jesus “Lord” (they say that He is their Lord) yet they do not do what He says. They do not obey Him. These people have never “called on the name of the Lord” (taken on His character) because they do not live like He did. Therefore, when they give Him lip service as Lord and do not obey Him, He will cast them out because they never knew Him and He never knew them.
There is no contradiction here, just a terrible lack of intellectual integrity on the part of the atheist. He is reaching for straws because he has no legitimate argument against God.
My question to you is, “have you ever called on the name (character) of the Lord so that you may be saved? Do you call Jesus Lord yet choose to disobey Him? Are you ready to set your pride aside and truly accept Him as Lord so that He can also be your Savior? What stops you from following and obeying God?