Skeptics Don’t Believe God Told You

April 17, 2013

Friends,
Followers of Christ can ask those who are skeptical of the empty tomb, “Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?”  (Acts 26:8)  We can also ask such people, “Why do you find it difficult to ‘understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible’?”  (Heb. 11:3) We can, and should, present these questions to the world, especially to those who do claim to believe in God.  For if someone believes in God, but does not believe that God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, or that He created the universe by commanding it into being, then what are they saying?  They are saying they don’t believe God was, or is, able to do such things.  They are stating that God is not powerful enough.  They are announcing that God is not who He says He is.

There is another question the skeptics should be asked.  It is, “Why does it seem implausible to you that God speaks to His faithful, obedient people?”  Disturbingly, this question can be posed not only to non-Christians, but to many who claim to be Christians!

God certainly does speak to people.  And though we see this to be abundantly clear in the Scriptures, much of the world, including much of the religious world, mocks the idea.  “God told you?” people ask with a sneer.

People who disbelieve that God is unable to converse with those who love and adore Him, worship and reverence and praise Him, listen to Him, pray to Him, serve Him, and obey Him, need to ask themselves why they disbelieve such a thing.  Could it be because they themselves do not experience it?

Whatever their reason, skeptics need to get off their mocking horse.  They need to adjust their thinking –and their behavior.  For if they would get their minds and hearts out of the sewer, out of the world, and off themselves, they may be able to look up, see God, repent, and begin a real search for Him (which, God promises in Jer. 29:13 &14, does result in finding Him).

Numerous verses in God’s Word declare that God, by His Spirit, communicates with His people, doing so through the Word of Truth (the Scriptures), through others, and through events, as well as by His Spirit’s own voice directly.  However, the test that it is really God’s voice, is that by whatever means He uses, it will always be in agreement with His written Word, for that He has made our chief authority.  (Ps. 138:2 w/ 119:160 and 2 Tim. 3:14-4:4)

Here are a few Scriptures about God’s communication with us:

“From the beginning I have not spoken in secret.”  (Isa. 48:16)

“Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without first revealing His plan to His servants the prophets.”  (Amos 3:7)

“He reveals and declares His thoughts and plans to men.”  (Amos 4:13)

“He who belongs to God hears what God says.”  (John 8:47)

“His sheep follow Him because they know His voice…  I am the Good Shepherd; I know My sheep and My sheep know Me…  I have other sheep…  They too will listen to My voice…  My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.”  (John 10:4,14,16,27)

“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”  (John 14:26)

“But when that One, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide and lead you into all Truth.  He will not speak from Himself, but will speak whatever He hears, and will tell you what is to come.”  (John 16:13)

“We speak about these things, not with words taught us by human wisdom, but with words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual truths to spiritual men.”  (1 Cor. 2:13)

Skeptics definitely insult God as they attempt to downgrade His ability and power.  But God is all-powerful and is therefore perfectly able to bring people to Himself, allow them to hear His voice, give them His Spirit’s power by which to obey, and live privileged lives communicating and fellowshipping with Him who knows all things from beginning to end.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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