Scoffers, Skeptics, and Sincere Seekers
The accusations against God are increasing in volume and intensity in the last days.
- How could your God of love allow such suffering?
- How could your God allow such injustice?
- Who are you to say that your religion (Christianity) is right, and others are wrong?
There is a cavernous difference between those who are lost and searching for God and those who reject and refuse God. The bible refers to the latter as “scoffers.”
Scoffers are in attack mode, accusatory and angry. They crassly degrade God and those who identify with Him. And they constantly question God’s love, His justice, and His righteousness.
Scoffers arrogantly assume to have greater knowledge, having been enlightened and risen above what they perceive as the pettiness of faith.
Jeremiah prophesied about such people:
“Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.””Jeremiah 9:23-24 ESV
God is misunderstood where He is not known.
- To those who know God, His love is measureless and humbling.
- To those who know God, His justice is characterized by a fullness of both grace and truth.
- To those who know God, His righteousness does not result in a “holier-than-thou” attitude, but in a humble gratitude.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Knowing God gives understanding to life’s tough questions.
Though tainted by the venomous pride of scoffers and skeptics, the questions themselves are not entirely unfair or antagonistic. Many sincere people have difficult, if not painful, questions about God.
It gives us all the more reason for believers to dig deep and seek the heart and word of God for answers. But far more important than having all of the answers is knowing the Answer.
The bible says that the people of Israel knew God’s acts, but Moses knew His ways.
I pray that we not only see the hand of God, but that we know His heart.