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Atheists seek proselytes. They want others to believe as they
do, that there is no God. To that end, Atheists take command of
media and schools to spread their beliefs. As a result, Atheism is
growing rapidly in popularity.

Deists, on the other hand, believe in a god or gods, but do not
believe that any particular religious belief is more valid than any
other. They believe that god is too transcendent for
comprehension by a human mind. God may not be known, in
other words. Typically, all scripture is open to broad
interpretation rendering it effectively useless. Jesus, they
maintain, was a philosopher whose teachings were
exaggerated by overzealous followers. There are no miracles for
the Deist. Deism is the principal gift of the Age of Enlightenment
and has gained ground steadily ever since.

Which is worse for Christians? Atheism or Deism?

The Apostle Paul warned of those who would enter the church for
the purpose of distorting it:

For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous
wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

There are many more examples of such warnings. In fact, it
appeared to be the primary concern of Paul for the early Church.
In ancient times the two main heresies were legalism and
gnosticism. Paul also mentioned what he called, 'a form of
godliness' which we identify as Deism.

Atheists, for the most part, avoid churches. They work from the
outside to draw followers away. Deists work from the inside more
often than not. They maintain their foothold in churches and act
the part of wax moths in a beehive. They attempt to spread doubt
and disbelief from within, eroding faith. They have been wildly
successful in their efforts, especially in recent times.

If we heed the warnings from the Bible, we would conclude that
Deism is the greater enemy of the church. The rot from within is
greater than the rot from without. Paul is very clear regarding
those with fake credentials. Note the expression, 'a form of
godliness':

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall
come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous,
boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents,
unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers,
false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that
are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures
more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but
denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

That said, in many cases Deism is a transition point between
Atheism and Christianity. Many people move from one to another
via a rest stop at Deism. The transition can work in either direction.
The serious problem for the Church is with the Deist that remains a
Deist and remains in the Church espousing an impotent form of
Christianity.

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