NEW YORK (CNN) -- Some New Yorkers may want to reconsider exclaiming "Thank God" when arriving at their destination subway station beginning next Monday.
Or at least that's what a coalition of eight atheist organizations are hoping, having purchased a month-long campaign that will place their posters in a dozen busy subway stations throughout Manhattan.
The advertisements ask the question, written simply over an image of a blue sky with wispy white clouds: "A million New Yorkers are good without God. Are you?"
On October 26, a dozen bustling New York City subway stations will be adorned with the ads as "part of a coordinated multi-organizational advertising campaign designed to raise awareness about people who don't believe in a god", according to a statement from the group, the Big Apple Coalition of Reason.
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Well I can tell you right off; I'm not good without God.
I'm not even good with God.
In fact, I'm not good at all.
Jesus said in Matthew chapter 19 verse 17, "...no one is good but One, that is, God."
Only God is good.
He is perfect.
I am not.
His standard of goodness is so high we could never attain it. But there is a way to be forgiven of breaking His law; His Ten Commandments.
No, I'm not talking about asking Jesus into your heart. I'm not asking you to 'make' Jesus your Lord and Savior. I not telling you you need to 'accept' Jesus. I'm not telling you that you have a 'God shaped hole' in your heart that only Jesus can fill.
I'm talking about repentance and faith in Christ.
The Bible says we must repent (Acts 2:38) and put our trust in Christ (Acts 16:31).
One day you will die.
You will stand before the Creator whom you have mocked or denied. He will judge you according to the perfect, moral standard of His Law. If He finds you guilty of so much as one lie, or one theft, or one greedy desire, or one selfish act, or one lustful look, or one hateful thought, or one blasphemous utterance; He will find you guilty of breaking His Law. The sentence you will receive will be just and good: eternity in Hell.
2000 years ago God sent His Son, Jesus, who lived a perfect and sinless life, to be a sacrifice for you and me. Jesus was the propitiation, the satisfaction if you will, for our sins. Jesus died on a cross and the wrath of God was unleashed upon Him.
Jesus died a brutal, shameful, and humiliating death.
Three days later Jesus defeated death and rose from the dead and ascended to be seated at the right hand of the Father.
If you Repent of your sins and Trust in Jesus as your Savior you will not see the wrath of God on Judgment Day.
You are free from the Judgment only if you repent and trust because Jesus' sacrifice delivered you from the law of sin and death. You will have eternal life with God! God will forgive you of your sin and you will become born again. God will place new desires in your heart.
You will become a new creation in Christ.
All this will happen not because God made you into a good person, but because He has forgiven you and declared you not guilty.
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