There seems to be an awful lot of anti-Christian activities going on these days. We read about schools telling students they cannot read their Bibles or can’t thank God at graduation; they can’t possibly hold graduation ceremonies in churches, nor can Judeo-Christian monuments such as Ten Commandments displays or crosses be allowed in the public square.
And lots of people have given opinions as to why this is happening. But, at least from what I’ve read, they miss something. It’s not so much that people hate Christianity – it’s that they hate the Bible and what it says; hating Christianity comes from that, since Christianity is based on the Bible.
But why hate the Bible? Well, if you read it, it has volumes to speak about personal responsibility and sinfulness, something modern people don’t want to be reminded of. They prefer to live in a relativistic society, where there are no absolute truths, and anything goes, at least up to the point of causing someone else stress (and even in that respect, it ends up depending on the people who are causing the stress and the people who are feeling the stress: it doesn’t seem to bother some people, for instance, when their demands negatively affect Christians).
But I was reading an article about, of all things, global warming, written by Nigel Lawson, and Englishman. In that article, near the end, he writes something rather profound (IMO):This is what people keep missing when they talk about why people hate Christians, Christianity, and the Bible: because the Bible tells us each of us is responsible for our own sins, that there is no such thing as ‘collective guilt’, and that all of us will eventually have to stand and account for our thoughts, words, and deeds before a holy God.
And almost all of us, whether we like it or not, are imbued with feelings of guilt and a sense of sin. How much less uncomfortable it is, how much more convenient, to divert attention away from our individual sins and reasons to feel guilty, and to sublimate them in collective guilt and collective sin. (emphasis mine)
And people don’t want to be held individually responsible for their bad actions, do they? They would, as Mr. Lawson points out, much prefer to hide in the crowd and either blame others or have the load of guilt diluted by placing blame on the whole group.
God won’t let you get away with that.
And this also offers an explanation for why people make up their own religions. Judeo-Christianity makes demands of its adherents which, in many cases, can be distasteful. Not that they’re bad in and of themselves, but because they require a complete overhaul of our old personalities and behaviors. Remember what Paul said?
But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:20-24, ESV)Rather than try to change themselves, they create a religion that doesn’t make such demands – even if that religion calls for sacrifices of a more material substance.
But…but…but…you might be saying. All we ever hear from Christians is that al you have to do is believe in Jesus and you’re saved. Well, it’s not as simple as it sounds, folks. First, you have to believe with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength – coincidentally, the same way you’re supposed to love God (see Luke 10:27). And how does one show love for Jesus? John records what He said about that in his gospel (chapter 14, verse 15): “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” And I think we know – or can easily figure out – what Jesus’ commandments are. Following His commandments will help with that change from the old man into the new man that Paul discusses in Ephesians.
But people don’t want to change, especially when it comes to their ‘pet sins’ – lust, greed, gossip, and so on. So rather than try to change, they enter the denial stage – denying what’s written in the Bible and denying anyone else to pick a Bible up and actually see for themselves what’s in it. And not only will this have the effect of keeping others ignorant of Scripture, it will keep those people from pointing out the sins and flaws of others who refuse to change. This gives those folks a comfortable fantasy to live in.