I recently saw a video on YouTube entitled “My Reasons For Not Believing in God”. I watched with an open mind, and carefully examined to see if I could counter each point with a logical and reasonable rebuttal. This wasn’t too hard considering most of the arguments were pretty weak, however there was one that stuck in my mind. Not because I thought it challenged my view of God, instead it was because it reminded me about how great and amazing my God is!
His point went something along the lines of:
“If God is the smartest being in the universe, then why doesn’t He just make Himself publicly known directly to His people”.
I thought this was hilarious for multiple reasons. First of all, he gives the hypothetical assumption that God is the smartest being in the universe, then suggests what He should do. This statement therefore puts himself, as the smartest being in the universe. This is bold claim for anyone!
This would be like me saying, “If Phil Jackson was really the best NBA coach of all time, he should have played a zone defense with Michael Jordan at center”. Wouldn’t it be something interesting if my random statement was right? What am I doing in ministry! I should be coaching the Lakers or something?
However, I’m not the greatest NBA coach of all time. Phil Jackson is (or arguably Greg Popavich, but let’s not digress). So for our atheist friends, the first problem with this argument is that if there is an all-knowing omniscient God, then we can’t possibly challenge His work with our logic or reason without thinking we are smarter than God. I’m not belittling you or your belief system. I’m just stating that this argument simply doesn’t carry that much weight. If there is an intelligent designer, we have to accept that His ways are most likely higher than ours. Otherwise, why aren’t we out there creating planets out of nothingness?
Secondly, there’s a perfectly reasonable and dare I say, beautiful reason for why God chose not to just send an angel or write out the gospel in the clouds. It’s not because He’s incapable or “not smart enough to think of that”.
God chose to prove His greatness and perfection by using the imperfect and incapable means of human instrumentation. God chose to take the unable, and make them able. He chose the hard way, not because He’s crazy, but because as the creator of the universe, He deserved the greatest glory possible, and that could only be achieved by doing the seemingly impossible, and making it possible.
Some may say, “If God loves us so much, then why doesn’t He just reveal Himself in the most obvious way possible so that people won’t reject Him”. Well, we do know that God made Himself obvious to many people throughout scripture, who STILL choose to reject Him. Oh ya. I forgot. I can’t use the Bible to defend the Bible. Logical fallacy right?
How about the Holocaust? People still deny the existence of that, right? I’ll even make fun of my own. How about the existence of dinosaurs? There are tons of crazy Christians who still believe those never existed. It took a while for everyone to figure out the world wasn’t flat right? Let’s face it. If someone doesn’t want to surrender to something, nothing will change the mind of a stubborn person. God coming down and saying, “Hey guys! Look at me! I’m real!” might change the hearts of some, but we know that not everyone in the world will be as reasonable.
Also, what would the point of that even be? Would it even change that many people’s minds? Despite the fact that atheism is growing, don’t forget that it’s still the small minority of people. The majority of the world recognizes His existence without a public appearance. Why would God change the way He’s been doing things for thousands of years just to help convince such a small percentage of people in the world? Even if He came down, people are still going to hate Him just as people have hated the truth for centuries.
While many people have a misled interpretation of who He is and how He feels about us, that’s why He chose to use imperfect and sinful Christians to share the word, and change lives. God said in:
John 15:16 (KJV) Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
If God just sent angels or wrote the gospel in the clouds, then what would be the purpose of His children who believe in Him? What kind of life would that be? As a Christian, helping the world understand who God is and how much He loves us is what drives me every morning, and is what drives most Christians to live their lives to their fullest potential.
God chooses to use imperfect Christians to share His truth, not because He doesn’t love the world, or want to see the world come to His saving knowledge, but because He recognizes that most people acknowledge His existence just by looking outside and seeing the logic of intelligent design, and because He wanted to give a greater purpose to His children than to simply live life for themselves and their personal gain.
Paul said about the ministry in Acts 20:19–21:
“Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews: And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”
God uses us to share the gospel in order to give us a life of greater purpose, and not just temporary pleasure. That’s the beauty of serving a God that knows much more than we ever will. God shows us that even the most incapable and uneducated people can make a legitimate difference in the lives of others. Now that’s what I call amazing!