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Sceptics must learn from history
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
We have had skeptics like Porphyry, Celsus and many others (since 180 - 250 AD) who criticized and wrote against the Bible, trying to destroy its veracity. Many people have followed in their footsteps through the ages. Did any one of them succeed in destroying the growth of the church? No. We still find it all over the world. At the present, 1700 years later, we still have the skeptics pumping out their venom against Jesus. They did not learn the lesson, that the church’s growth depends on God, not on man’s efforts. Jesus said: ‘And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age’ (Matthew 28:20b).
Porphyry has been described as a clever man, as was Voltaire, Bertrand Russell and most of the contemporary anti God propagandists. Nevertheless their success rate is very low. This is despite their attempts, despite the vicious persecution by the Roman emperors, despite the cruel opposition of the Roman Catholic Church against the Reformation, despite the persecution by the Communist regimes in many countries, despite the attempts of the evolutionists and humanists to prevent teaching of the Bible in schools and whichever university they can influence. They will not succeed in annihilating the Bible or the church. As is said in the book of Daniel: ‘God’s kingdom is an eternal kingdom’ (Daniel 4:3).
What does happen, unfortunately, is that many people do reject the Word of God and turn to other ‘spiritual’ entities or programs or ideas. These days the New Age, UFO, the many forms of the occult like Wicca, satanism, astrology and the hundreds of options presented on the shelves of bookstores, are a spiritual alternative without the hope of eternal happiness.
In all this, there is a lesson for the church: do you as an individual, believe and live the Word of God? If you do, people will become convinced that God is real.