Over the years I have been in conversations with people who either identified themselves to be atheist or agnostic, in all they do not believe in the Jesus Christ, the Bible teaches about. During our conversations, they often came up with arguments like—why suffering? Why Hell? Why Jesus? What is so spectacular about Him anyway?
The more we dove into the conversation, I couldn’t help but notice their utter detest for the Bible, the written word of God. Although some claimed to have read it cover to cover, they just could not bring themselves to accept its contents as the word of God, that is if He existed.
Then I began to wonder—if the Bible isn’t true, why is the unbeliever so upset about it? If at best it’s fiction, and at worst a fallacy, then why are people so worked up about it? That is like fighting with your little kids at Christmas, just to prove a point that Santa Clause isn’t real.
Dear unbeliever, do you know why you are enraged by the Bible? It is not because of the things you see in there that make you go—oh, how can a good God do this or that. How can He wipe out humanity, both young and old for a bunch of people? Or how can this happen or that happen?
If that were the case, if you are so moved by the slavery, misogyny, racism, sexism, murder, genocides, rape and whatever else you claim that the Bible perpetuates, you would be out there in the world, frontline and center fighting for the injustices which still happen till this day.
Why aren’t you fighting against armed robbery, murder, sex slavery, kidnapping, genocides, and the whole nine? Or you think they don’t happen today? Yet you sit in your homes, hear about such depravity, and carry on as though nothing is happening. You live in your bubble, hang out with like-minded friends, and act as though there is no God you will give an account to, eventually.
I will tell you why you are so mad at the Bible. It is because it exposes the intents of your heart (Hebrews 4:12) it shows you how messed up you are. It exposes your secret thoughts, desires, and fantasies, things that if people knew about you, they will run in the other direction. It reads your entire mail.
The Bible can be likened to a perfect mirror which exposes all your flaws and insecurities. Every fold, roll, and imperfection, with you on the opposite side vehemently detesting what your eyes captures. Rather than being upset at yourself for eating unhealthy and refusing to workout to stay in shape, you get enraged at the mirror which reveals that you are not the fairest of them all—far from it.
Not to say for the Christian, we weren’t once like that, but this is to show you that just like everybody else, you are in dire need of the Savior—Jesus Christ.
All humans, if left to their own devices (like children) are greedy, selfish, lustful, rebellious, liars, scammers, murderers, hateful, etc. Rather extreme you might think? Not exactly.
The Bible says that this is who we once were before we accepted Christ. All have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. Without the standard of truth, that is the Bible, this world will be unbearable for anyone to exist in. That is why Christ came, that is why the word has been passed on from generations, because of its relevancy.
Now, ignorance is no longer an excuse as to why you can’t believe in God (Romans 1) because God has provided all we need for us to know that He exists. It is even more ridiculous to say that you believe in God but reject the Bible because God and His word are one (John 1).
The Bible was written over many years, by different authors, who some of them never met each other, yet it presents consistencies across chapters, which spans testaments, you cannot afford to overlook. This can only be as a result of God being the original author.
“Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; Walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes; but know that for all these God will bring you into judgment.”
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About The Author: Evi Idoghor is a Christian, writer, and content creator at letstalknationblog.com. She is also a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Consumed by her love for writing, and an innate desire to effect change in the world around her, she was pushed to launch her online platform in 2018 to also tap into her creativity and start meaningful conversations with one goal in mind—to redefine status quo.
Having spent a great part of her formative years in the United States, where she lived for 11 years, and got explore what the beautiful country offers by traveling around its coasts, most of her writing has been influenced by her time spent in America. Although currently residing in Nigeria, she has also lived in South Korea. Travel is at the core of who she is, and she loves exploring the world while learning about its rich and diverse cultures. You can connect with her on all social media platforms via @eviidoghor.