I recently heard a podcast episode which features a well known, conservative commentator. In said episode, he mentions how atheists frequently engage him and detail their excuses for not assenting to Christianity. According to this commentator, the most legitimate among these excuses has to do with Christians’ lack for fervor. Their alibi goes something like this:
“If Christianity is true, Christians would more zealously act in accordance to their faith. Since they don’t, it means that Christianity mustn’t be true. Therefore, I cannot believe.”
Examining the excuse objectively, the pretext is far from legitimate – it’s a feeble cover for their lack of belief. Consider that atheists whom employ this excuse are placing the onus of provability on the behavior of Christians instead of the evidence and historicity of the faith itself. Think upon it: the truth of the faith is the truth of the faith no matter how those who say they’re Christians behave. That behavior in no way diminishes the veracity of Christianity.
Granted, when a self-denominated believer does not attempt to live up to Gospel standards, said hypocrisy can and will leave a bad impression on others whom aren’t of the faith. (Romans 2:23-24) Nevertheless, it’s still not an excuse to refuse belief, considering that the Bible, the standard for faith and practice, demonstrates what pure Christianity is in contrast to that which isn’t.
It is also important to note that when atheists use this justification for non-belief, it is an implicit generalization that slanders Christians who do live according to the Biblical standard. To claim that all believers are hypocrites is outrageous, false and reeks of duplicity itself.
I encourage Christians who are sincerely attempting to please the Lord through faithful practice to rebuff excuses like the one covered here. Let it not be that in refusing to show non-believers the absurdity of their justifications, they delude themselves into thinking that they are correct in their refusal to approach God’s Word and His glorious Gospel.