Unbelief Will Always Make a Reason to Not Believe

Hello my friends, I hope you have had a great week.

Have you ever studied Christian apologetics (the defense for the Christian faith)? Perhaps you have read C. S. Lewis’, Mere Christianity, Lee Strobel’s, The Case for Christ, or Josh McDowell’s, Evidence That Demands a Verdict. Each of these books are quite beneficial, and I would encourage anyone who is having honest questions to read them. However, over the years I have found that most people do not wrestle so much with honest doubts as they do with stubborn unbelief. Generally the problem is not an intellectual one as much as it is a moral one.

Doubts and “timid faith” alike are accompanied with questions. One can observe these in Nicodemus’ dialogue with Jesus in John 3, or in John the Baptist’s questions for Jesus, as he sat in a cell awaiting execution (see Matt. 11:2-6), or the father who requested his son’s healing (see Mark 9:16-27). Stubborn unbelief is an altogether different beast. Unbelief rejects Christ, no matter the evidence, logic, or consequence. Unbelief holds tightly to its pride, position, power, or whatever else, so long as it does not bow itself to the authority of God. Unbelief will always make an excuse to reject Christ and the need for Him. Jesus rebukes the unbelief of the people of the day:

But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates, “We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.” For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon.” The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!” Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds. ~ Matthew 11:16-19

There are those who view Christians as being absurd for believing in an Almighty Creator, yet have no problem believing the universe mysteriously came into existence by chance. There are those who say they “will follow science where so ever it will lead,” yet ostracize scientists who, observing the amazing structure and order from the cosmos to the molecular, dare mention Intelligent Design (understand, ID is not the same thing as theism or Christianity); yet, those who reject even the notion of ID hold up evolution as fact, even though there isn’t any scientific evidence whatsoever to support it. Perhaps no one admits the reason for their unbelief any better than Aldous Huxley:

“I had motive for not wanting the world to have a meaning; consequently assumed that it had none, and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption. The philosopher who finds no meaning in the world is not concerned exclusively with a problem in pure metaphysics, he is also concerned to prove that there is no valid reason why he personally should not do as he wants to do, or why his friends should not seize political power and govern in the way that they find most advantageous to themselves. … For myself, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation, sexual and political.” [1]

Is this not the real reason for the majority of people’s rejection of God? Oh sure, most people, on the one hand, have asked honest questions about evil and such. The irony is most people also justify their own acts of evil. This is one of the great evils and hypocrisy of Communist regimes, they accuse religion as being the source of wars, all the while Communism is guilty of all kinds of unjust afflictions and killings of millions of people through starvation, sheer brutality, demented experiments, and social engineering. 

Many of Hollywood’s elites like to accuse Christian’s as being “stupid” and “dangerous.” Now, there are religious nut jobs out there, and there are hypocrites in churches. However, for those who have parents, grandparents, or siblings who truly love the Lord Jesus Christ, are these persons really stupid or dangerous? Do they get F’s in everything and are never successful? Are they the ones in the neighborhood everyone is afraid of, for fear of their lives? No, Hollywood‘s resentment towards God and Christianity has nothing to do with an intellectual issue. No, Hollywood’s is completely a moral one. And the same goes for godless politics. 

Unbelief desires autonomy, and will fight tooth and nail to keep it. Honest doubts and timid faith will listen to answers to their questions and consider them, and are willing to change. Unbelief declares along with Woody Allen, “The heart wants what the heart wants,” despite how despicable the affections.

God does not hide from people as much as people close their eyes to Him. We are given this promise:

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. ~ Jeremiah 29:13

Elsewhere we are told,

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. ~ Hebrews 1:1-3

God is not silent, but people just don’t want to hear. To many, the temporary pleasures of sin are not worth the life to be found in Christ. Jesus could stand before them, as He did the people of old, but unbelief will always make a reason to reject Him. There is nothing new under the sun.

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[1] Huxley, A., Ends and Means, 1937, pp. 270 ff. Retrieved from:

https://creation.com/aldous-huxley-admits-motive-for-anti-theistic-bias (accessed May 27, 2021).

3 thoughts on “Unbelief Will Always Make a Reason to Not Believe

  1. “There are those who view Christians as being absurd for believing in an Almighty Creator, yet have no problem believing the universe mysteriously came into existence by chance. There are those who say they “will follow science where so ever it will lead,” yet ostracize scientists who, observing the amazing structure and order from the cosmos to the molecular, dare mention Intelligent Design (understand, ID is not the same thing as theism or Christianity); yet, those who reject even the notion of ID hold up evolution as fact, even though there isn’t any scientific evidence whatsoever to support it”

    Atheists do not believe that the universe came into existence by chance. It likely came into existence by the laws of physics working. We have evidence for this. we have evidence for no gods.

    ID is indeed theism, specifically Chrsitianity. We know this since the creationists who wrote the Panda’s Thumb missed a misprint in their book that revealed their attempts at deception:

    “The basic metabolic pathways (reaction chains) of nearly all organisms are the same. Is this because of descent from a common ancestor, or because only these pathways (and their variations) can sustain life? Evolutionists think the former is correct, creationists accept the latter view.”

    and the new draft: “The basic metabolic pathways (reaction chains) of nearly all organisms are the same. Is this because of descent from a common ancestor, or because only these pathways (and their variations) can sustain life? Evolutionists think the former is correct, cdesign proponentsists accept the latter view.”

    shame on Christians for trying to lie. Your god says never to do so, even if you think you are lying for it, Romans 3.

    Is this not the real reason for the majority of people’s rejection of God? ”

    Nope, it is not. Christians desperately hope it is, but the reason most of us leave religion is because there is no evidence for the claims made by those religions.

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    1. You say atheists do not say the universe came by chance, but essentially you do. The theory has long been some form of explosion occurred mysteriously and from this life somehow emerged. You say the evidence points to the law of physics, it no evidence for gods. This is an amazing statement, being that the law of physics would create such precise order in our solar system to the systems within organisms allowing us to live. I’ve yet heard of any explosions bringing forth order, but only disorder and destruction.

      No, not all who hold to ID lean specifically to Christianity. Some who hold to ID are not religious at all.

      As for the source you are quoting from, I do not know. You can argue for the “reaction chains,” but this does not prove anything. If evolution were true, there ought to be some mutants and half evolved, but we do not witness this. Furthermore, if this is a quote from someone who believes in ID, why lump him with Christians and treating all as liars?

      To say there is no God is one thing, but to say there is no evidence of Him I no an absolute sense is quite another. Staunch unbelief will reject anything passing as evidence.

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      1. I realize you think you have presented a sound argument (how can you not, being you’re so wise, based on the obvious condescension) is simply ad hominem, an attack on the character of creationists and theists (Christians, specifically).

        You say we are willfully ignorant, and talk about what we don’t know. We do not deny micro-evolution, but we do deny macroevolutiom. You say we are ignorant of what evolutionists believe, all the while you reveal your own ignorance of what we believe.

        You say no precise order? Have earth or Venus ever swapped order? Or any of the other planets? The earth’s distance from the sun, and the moon from the earth, the earth’s axis, etc. remain consistent, meaning they do not stray from their course.

        Sir, I find it interesting that you are quite vehement in declaring we (again, specifically Christians) are a bunch of liars who are deliberately spreading lies. Again, this is ad hominem. However, it does bring up the issue of morality. I haven’t been lying, although you accuse me of doing so, but you accuse with such disdain, as though lying is wrong. Why, if there is no God?

        Sir, you would be correct if you said that I am not a scientist. But you are quite wrong when you say I am willfully ignorant just to cling to my religion. My faith is in Jesus Christ, and my friend, there IS evidence for His reality, as written about by former staunch atheists who came to the faith in Him because of the evidence, such as C.S. Lewis, William Albright, Lee Strobel, and Josh McDowell. Yet, I am not a Christian because of these men, but because Jesus rescued me from a pit of despair and changed my life. And I know many others whose lives have also been changed because of Him. You, who are so wise in your own eyes, say that I am a liar and ignorant (no surprise, as you say, since I’m a Christian), all the while you reveal your own ignorance of things of Christianity. If you are as unbiased as you claim to be, read the books I had mentioned, not that these will change your mind but they do offer sound evidence for theism—Christianity in particular.

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