|Are you really afraid of this book?|
About 15 or so years ago one of the big things concerning the internet was the various chat rooms which were part of America Online, IRC, and others. Many of them still exist, and you can still go online and have a conversation about something.
For want of a better word, they are called "chat rooms" and one was set up by atheists to have a discussion about Christianity.
Their version of Christianity. Meaning whatever they said about it was the "truth".
So I'm in there and there's this loud-mouth atheist who declared Jesus to be fiction. A fake. Didn't exist. And doggoneit he knew that to be a fact, because, he said, "I studied that period of time extensively."
Fed up with his tirade I asked him a very simple question: "Who was Josephus?"
After a couple times in which I repeated it, he admitted he didn't know.
"Flavius Josephus," I told him, "was the author of Antiquity of the Jews and remains the most cited source of documentation by scholars, historians, and archaeologists for that area and time outside of the Bible itself."
"And if you had actually studied that period of time," I added, "you would have run right into him."
Without using those words, he was called out for being a fraud and a liar, which is what a lot of atheists are these days, and added to that was his foul mouth after he was called out. He could've been a man about it and admitted he needed to study more, but his own attitude suggested he never studied it at all.
And what they are doing today is dangerous. Jesus IS A FACT of history, A FACT of faith, A FACT when He brought the good news of salvation and eternal life for everyone, and these atheists are doing everything possible to stop it. It's as if they are not satisfied with driving off the cliff as long as they can drag others with them.
Which begs the question: just what are they afraid of? They're not afraid of suing someone who preaches the Gospel in a public place, are they? Or suing someone who didn't bake a cake for them, or not taking their photographs, or setting up the Nativity scene at the fire station, or the Ten Commandments monument at the courthouse. Just what is it that they fear from a group of people who refuse to steal, kill, hate, covet, lie?
Could the act of lumping Jesus in with unicorns, leprechauns, and fairy tales makes them feel better?
Or is it that the Bible itself tells them just how wrong they actually are?
They are going to have to get over themselves, because sooner or later they will face Him.
If not as Savior, then as Judge.
Makes you want to be a little wiser when you spot that cliff.