It has always intrigued me how easily most people can be deceived, not all in the same subject of course, but in many of them.
There are individuals who believe the earth is flat, not a sphere, and unless they could go away from the earth far enough to visibly see that truth for themselves, they cannot be swayed from what they believe. There is not enough ink and paper to expound upon the lies that the people of earth have and will believe, the proof is never in the pudding even when the pudding is right in front of them. “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” (2 Thess. 2:11)
Those of us who have been blessed by the Lord God with faith in Him, the unwavering faith that He is, that He is Sovereign over all of creation, that Hebrews 11:1 is true, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” are seen as the ultimate liars in society. We speak of a God that to the eye is invisible, that to the ear, at least in a personal way, has not been heard audibly with words, that we cannot touch, and that is in control of where we will spend eternity.
We speak of the Lord Jesus Christ, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.” (Col. 1:16) and tell them of a love that died for them, and as the pinnacle of what they consider a lie, we tell them that if they do not devote their entire life to Him, they will burn forever in complete hopelessness.
The foolishness of preaching (1 Cor. 1:18) cannot be backed up by the visible representation of one who came back from the dead, and as Abraham said to the rich man, it would make no difference if he did. (Luke 16:31) “He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.” (Matt. 27:42)
No, you wouldn’t, you still wouldn’t believe. “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)
Nearly every human being is as Herod was, they want proof, they want to see a magic trick. (Luke 23:8) Have you ever contemplated the fact that Herod had three plus years to track down the Lord and follow Him, to see for himself the miracles, and never did.
I have lost count of the times I have witnessed to people who during the conversation have said to me, “Prove it, prove your God is real.” They want a sign, an event to happen in their life that cannot be explained away, one that could only come from this God we speak of. I offer each of them the alternative, sometimes telling them to ask Him themselves, and then I recall Revelation 6:16, “And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.” Even when the Almighty Himself reveals His presence to people, they prefer the lie.
Ask those who were told not to even come close to the mountain, (Exo. 19:12) ask those who saw the miracles yet failed to believe in faith in the Lord Jesus, ask any unrepentant sinner about the invisible things (Romans 1:20) or the eternity they know for a fact that rests within their heart (Eccl. 3:11) and they will still not believe.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” (Eph. 2:8) By unmerited, underserved grace, underserved favor with a faith that can only come from the Lord. “For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matt. 22:14) Only the chosen of God are given unswerving faith in the promise that what He says in His word is truth, we cannot make faith in this manner, it is not possible, by grace and by being chosen, that is how we receive faith. We are in the best sense of the word being used by God to go and find the lost sheep of the world, those who are still in the dark as to who they are, and in the process, we must weed out those who are wicked and will remain in their sins. Lies are easier, lies can be manipulated in any way we choose, we are quite proficient at believing what we want to believe, reproofs and correction can just as easily be dismissed. “And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.” (Matt. 21:44)
The truth of God is available to all men, we are to offer them this truth, and to do so we must inform them that what they have believed up to this point in their lives has been a lie. No wonder they don’t like us.