A good blogging friend of mine, Jim over at Domain for Truth has been answering supposed Bible contradictions for the last four years, you can find links to all the posts here.
I was reading his latest this morning and, as I often am, I was reminded of 1 Corinthians 2:14 so here are a few thoughts on that.
The author of The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible and those who believe its ‘teachings’ believe God’s Word is folly because it’s loaded with inaccuracies, lies, contradictions, etc. This is good for them because they feel justified in continuing in disbelief because belief in God’s Word, to them, is illogical.
Problem with their belief is that the Bible is folly to them not because of the inaccuracies, lies, contradictions, etc. but, instead, because they are spiritually blind and cannot understand the things of God.
Peter spoke of such people as “scoffers [who] will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires” (2 Peter 3:3; see also Proverbs 21:24; Jude 1:18). Those who reject Christ and His Word are spiritually blind and cannot understand the truth of the Scriptures. The truth sounds foolish to them (Isaiah 37:23; 1 Corinthians 1:18). The Bible describes those denying God as fools (Psalm 14:1; Matthew 7:26). Because of their blindness and rejection of God and His Word, they are in a perilous, unsaved condition (John 12:48; Hebrews 2:2-4).
If you’ve ever had a discussion with one of these scoffers (I have had too many to count over the last 20 years) and walked away wondering why they can’t grasp what seems so simple to you, it might help you to know that your arguments or the facts you present are not to blame. Yes, some apologists are better skilled at defending the faith than others but we all must understand that, no matter how sound an argument is or how often it is repeated, there are a number of people who simply CAN NOT get it.
As it was in Peter’s day, the Word is either recieved or it is not, it’s just that simple.
A multitude of people had gathered. Peter had preached a powerful sermon and, when they heard his words, they were “cut to the heart” and asked how they should respond.
Peter answered them with “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38, ESV).
Now will you ever run across a skeptic who will admit that they are spiritually blind? Doubtful because their spiritual blindness keeps them from understanding the concept.
As the man in Mark 4:26-29 did, we can show seeds (preach, teach, evangelize, live by example, use apologetics…) day and night. But unless God prepares the soil the seeds fall on the harvest will never come.