One is sometimes surprised by Christians for their lack of interest in or knowledge about the Bible. They are ignorant of its history, its importance, and the growth of the church through the ages. It is strange behavior for people who are supposed to love and cherish the Lord Jesus. The Bible is still the most popular book of all times. It changed the course of history, and is an indispensable guide to that most wonderful eternal destination. Think about:
- The miracle that the Bible and Christians survived many persecutions, like those of the Romans and of the Catholic Church when Protestantism arose.
- The people who were burned at the stake for translating the Bible. For example Tyndale who translated the incomprehensible Latin into English.
- The growth of the church from continent to continent.
- Great church leaders who worked hard to formulate the creeds.
- Mistakes of the church like the Crusades.
- The rise of Islam, and how the Koran differs from the Bible.
- Insight into the different religions.
- The destruction of Communism and atheism in eastern Europe, and their united battle against the church.
- The lives of many martyrs, and why God allowed it.
Few people know that in the first three centuries after Christ the atheist Celsus, and the liberal theologian Marcion were already at work with their anti-Bible campaigns. The anti-Christ spirit is not a modern phenomena. Through the ages the church has been assailed by the gates of hell, but Jesus promised that it would outlast them (Matthew 16:18b). At present we see the culmination of a two thousand year battle against the church. It is amazing the amount of anti-God, anti-Bible, anti-Church rhetoric that is filling the web, films, the printed media, and the internet. Few Christians know about people like Hitchings, Dawkins, Chris Hedges and many others, who use the internet and other media to spread their hatred of God. Believers do not know about the derision, maligning, mockery and blaspheming of these people. They base their anti-God propaganda on the idea of evolution which makes God superfluous.
Why is this happening? What did Christ do to deserve such treatment? Just as He was hated, persecuted and eventually killed on a cross, so the church is under heavy attack. This is what Jesus predicted. He told His disciples a parable with the lesson that we should always pray and not give up, since God will help us (Luke 18:1-8). The frightening verse is verse eight where He asks a question: ‘However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?’ We as believers should take note of that, as He is explaining the global assault on the church. This world wide hate campaign can never be the brainchild of individual people. It is orchestrated by the devil, who has every intent to destroy as many people as possible. This anti-God battle should not surprise us, as it is a positive proof that Christians are not hallucinating (as professor Dawkins alleges). God is very real, and the hope of an eternal life on a renewed earth is a surety.
What should we do?
- Understand that the Bible is the book of all books, of all times, with an invitation to invest in a wonderful future. It should be clear that the Bible is about paradise, an eternal destination. So many voices, so many attempts, so many vile words against the Bible can only be because the one who orchestrates the anti-God campaign knows what it is all about. He will never inherit Paradise. He missed it, and has vowed that as many people as possible should follow suit.
- Understand that there are people who are neutral. They do not necessarily agree with the atheists and other anti-Christ religions. They would like answers to their questions. They will not go out of their way to get answers, but as they meet you at the work, the gym, the tennis courts or where ever, and ask questions, see that you know your Lord Jesus well enough to help them on the way of life.
- Lastly, understand that we are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. This comes only through the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us (Hebrews 12:1b).