I got into a bit of a tiff with someone who’s soul I care deeply about today. It pained me to see this person and their friends misunderstanding the Word of God. Some of them have referred to God as a Wizard, others as a mythical creature. When I hear young people so hateful toward the Bible it makes me question what part, if any of it, they have read.
Let’s take a brief look at the Bible and see where we went wrong. More importantly, let’s look at Jesus and His words and that of the New Testament. The argument is that we as Christians are blindly following the words of men. Since the writers of the New Testament wrote the Word after Jesus’ death we shouldn’t believe them. That’s the argument. Furthermore, they believe that Jesus Himself was a myth.
So, let’s assume for a moment that they are right. It’s all junk, all made up, nothing true about it. Does the Bible still carry weight? Absolutely. What is there in the Bible other than teachings about how to live a loving, caring, respectful life? Not much. Agnostics and atheists and people who in general have never read the Bible don’t understand that there aren’t any weird rituals that we believe in… there aren’t any crazy edicts that we must follow. Really, when it comes down to it we follow a moral code. What they are truly saying when they bash the Bible and/or its believers is that they hate morality. I as a Christian don’t do anything weird other than live a moral life. I don’t swear, drink, smoke, do drugs, sleep around, or act perversely and somehow that is interpreted as odd.
Apart from the Bible, if you were 15 in front of your parents you probably wouldn’t do any of these things. Why? Because there is a moral code inside all of us from birth. Because of man’s fall we know the difference between right and wrong. We know that sex with multiple partners is wrong. You can fool yourself into believe it’s not, but you wouldn’t want you mom to know you were sleeping around. You wouldn’t want your mom to know you are snorting coke, or drinking a fifth of vodka. These are immoral things.
What’s wrong with living a moral, righteous life? You don’t have to be a Christian to do that.
U Thant, a Burmese diplomat in UN delivered a speech giving credit to Buddha for everything that he has obtained in his career. Were there any atheist or agnostics up in arms over that? No, there weren’t. Buddhism teaches peace and love just like Christianity does, so what’s the problem? If a Christian tried to give that speech publicly he would be ridiculed.
I want to talk about the spiritual and natural reasons why we see these things on a regular basis.
First, the spiritual. The devil doesn’t care if Buddha gets credit, he’s dead and has no power. Christ is alive and is the devil’s sworn enemy. Would you want your most hated rival getting credit for something? We live in a fallen world that hates good and revels in evil. Satan manipulates people and causes them to get riled up about Christ because he hates Jesus and His followers.
Second, the natural. The reason we suffer ridicule can often be traced back to us – the Christians. We are hypocritical, lying, self-serving people. Sure, that was a blanket statement, but when 86% of this heathenistic country claims to be Bible believing Christians, yet act completely contrary to the Bible they’ve never read, it really gives those of us who are trying to live a sanctified life before Christ a bad name.
We can’t change everyone’s mind every time. What we can do is give them less of a reason to hate us. If you claim to be an apple, don’t act like an orange.