“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18
Understanding the truth of Jesus is more than just head knowledge. If that were the case, our unbelieving friends and family would probably be far less confrontational when discussing the Gospel.
Have you ever been in a conversation with someone who flat out rejects the good news of Jesus? If so, what reasons did they have to deny God’s gift of grace?
I have noticed that there are a few common reasons a person rejects Christianity. Here are the two I often see.
- They do not want to believe in Jesus’ claim that there is only one way to God.
- They do not see sin as awful as it truly is.
Let’s tackle each one by using the Scriptures. The Word of God will reveal why people hold these views.
Only one way.
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6
The claim of Jesus’ exclusivity is a hard truth to swallow for those who deny their need for a Savior. The whole concept of needing to be redeemed is not only confusing, but it is also foolish to them. Before a person recognizes their deep need for salvation, they will not see the gloriousness of Jesus’ death on the cross. More likely than not, they believe that human beings are, by nature, good. So to them, salvation is unnecessary.
In Matthew 19:17, Jesus claims that there is none good but God. “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good.” In Romans 3:23, Paul writes, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” The Bible makes it clear that there are no exceptions. Every person desperately needs redemption and salvation! Even the youngest among us. King David writes in Psalm 51:5, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.” By nature, people are sinful. Before a person comes to this reality, Jesus is simply one of many religious teachers. It is far easier and more comfortable for them to believe that all spiritual paths lead to God.
The awfulness of sin.
Sin is something people fail to put into perspective. Even Christians do not fully recognize how offensive sin is to the LORD. People are often quick to downplay the effects and repercussions of their sin. When everyone around us is just as flawed, it is easy to justify our transgression. However, King David writes in Psalm 51:3-4, “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.”
So how does a person recognize the darkness of their sin? After Jesus rose from the dead, He told His disciples, “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:” John 16:7-8
The third Person of the Trinity is our Helper. He is the one who reveals to an unbelieving heart their great need for a Savior. He shines a light on our sin and leads us back to the righteousness of the Son. Without Him, we are lost and confused.
God is glorified in a sinner’s salvation. Let us continue to pray for those who deny the cross of Christ!
“Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” – Psalm 51:9-12