Why Some People Really Reject God
I was watching a debate recently between Dr. Michael Brown and popular skeptic Dr. Bart Ehrman. Brown has served as adjunct professor of the Old Testament at several seminaries, including Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield. He has a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. (Listen to the debate online here.)
As I was watching, I was a bit surprised at Ehrman’s honesty about why he really abandoned his Christian faith. (He is a graduate of Moody and Wheaton who discarded his faith many years ago.) Dr. Ehrman is a brilliant scholar and gifted communicator. He has also written a number of best-selling books attacking the trustworthiness of the Bible.
At one point in the debate (approximately 41 minutes in), he goes on a bit of a rant against God (which is a bit odd, to be angry at someone you don’t even believe in!). Taking us to the book of Amos, Ehrman quotes several passages in Amos showing us that God causes famine, disaster, and death. As his voice and emotions rise, it becomes obvious that Bart is upset with God for how He is running the universe. Ehrman went on to say that the “Bible does not provide a satisfactory answer to suffering—for him”!
Then it hit me: Bart Ehrman is angry. Really angry! So angry, in fact, that he voted God off the island (so to speak) because God didn’t meet his expectations about how the universe should operate. In short, Bart fired God! This is why many people end up rejecting God. They simply cannot (will not) accept that He is in charge and they are not. So they go on strike against the Almighty.
How silly. How foolish. How dangerous. How evil. How blasphemous.
The old-fashioned word for this, by the way, is “pride.” It’s the oldest sin known in the book. It’s what caused Satan to rebel against God. And it’s what’s causing Bart to publish books (he is Oxford Press’ best-selling author of all time), write articles, and debate many well-known evangelicals scholars. Dr. Ehrman is on a bit of a Jihad until we all adopt his worldview. What’s sad is that he is only on this planet for a few moments of time, and he is waving his fist at God. Many have done this before him, and many will, most likely, do it after him. All the while, God continues to move forth in undisturbed majesty. You and I may never like or understand God’s way, but that is a poor reason to reject Him and mock His name. The evidence all around us is clear and screams out that God is good and worthy of all praise.
by Jay Childs, Senior Pastor