Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Maybe it's a miracle that people still believe?

Okay so Billy Graham is ready to blow our minds with why some people still don't believe in Jesus. Let's take a look...
Don't let doubts keep you from Christ

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Why didn’t everyone believe in Jesus during his lifetime? He did so many miracles that it seems to me like everyone would have believed in him, and yet they didn’t. Why not? — W.Z.

DEAR W.Z.: You’re right; not everyone believed in Jesus during his time on Earth, although they saw his miracles and heard his teaching. Many did believe, but others didn’t, and some of them even turned against him and urged the authorities to put him to death.
Why didn’t they believe? For the same reason some people today don’t believe, although they’ve heard the Bible’s message that God loves them, and that Christ died to give them new life, now and forever.

The problem is inside of us, in the stubbornness of our hearts and wills. We want to run our own lives, and we know that if we yield ourselves to Christ, we can’t keep on living the way we once did. Like the rebellious men in one of Jesus’ parables, we declare, “We don’t want this man to be our king” (Luke 19:14).

In reality, of course, people today come up with all kinds of excuses not to believe in Jesus or yield their lives to him, just as they did in Jesus’ time. Pride, a particular sin, doubt, peer pressure … these and countless other excuses keep Jesus out of our lives. But it doesn’t have to be that way, because he alone offers us lasting hope in the midst of a world of despair and sin.

Don’t let these things — or anything else — keep you from Christ. Instead, realize who he is and what he has done for you by his death and resurrection. Then by faith open your heart and life to him. “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). 
 What a damn waste of time! What is this tripe? So people didn't believe in Jesus because they didn't want to? Too bad belief isn't something you can choose. I don't believe because I don't. But the next question is why don't I believe.

Do I not lack belief because I don't want Jesus in control as Graham suggests? Not at all. In fact, that assertion is absurd! If I don't 'believe' because I don't want Jesus in changes, then I am acknowledging Jesus as existent. So if that were the case I actually WOULD believe, but simply choose not to follow. But that's not the case. I don't believe Jesus even exists, so I don't have a care in the world about whether he is in charge or not.

Is the average Christian worried that Odin will rain terror upon them at any moment? Are Jews terrified that Zeus is ready and set to strike them down with a bolt of lightening? Are Hindu's looking over their shoulder in hopes of escaping Ra's judgement? If you answered these questions honestly, the reply was 'no' on all accounts. So now I hope you realize why any concerns over Jesus or his rule are absent from my non-belief in Jesus.

So why don't I believe in Jesus? Well, that would probably have something to do with the total lack of evidence that he existed. I think that WZ actually asked the wrong question. He/she asked why, in the face of his miracles, everyone didn't believe in Jesus in his day. I think the better question is that if Jesus actually did these amazing things, why didn't anyone ever bother to write them down? If I saw someone walk on water, raise someone from the dead, heal my illness with no more than a touch, etc. I'm pretty sure I'd some sort of note of that. Yet of all these supposedly well witnessed public miracles, there are no records or confirmation that these things actually happened. All we have is a book written long after these events were supposed to have transpired. The same book that is making the initial claims. Thusly, it is only raising the initial question, rather than providing any answers.

In the wake of the deafening silence of the non-existent records of Jesus' existence, I am left uncompelled, and thus without belief. As I hope you can now see, I do not lack belief in Jesus because I don't want to, or because I don't want him in change. I don't believe in him simply because there is NO good reason TO believe.

-Brain Hulk

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