Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked.

For whatever a man sows he will also reap.

~ Galatians 6:7, HCSB

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All of England watched as famed atheist Richard Dawkins riled against the Christian faith. The author of The God Delusion had done this many times before in speeches and in books. And he did no less during this national BBC telecast, attacking followers of Christ as being untruthful about their profession.

  • His claim: Christians didn’t treat the Bible as God’s Word.

He argued most “Christians” couldn’t name the first New Testament book. Even less could they recite other books of the Bible, which he found odd if Christians believe the Bible to be the Word of God.

  • His argument held some truth to it.

Many people who profess to be followers of Christ aren’t true to their claims. While professing Christians should be students of God’s Word, it’s not evidence of God’s inexistence when they’re not. It speaks more to insincere people who are faithless than it does to God’s existence or to the Bible’s Truth.

This is the problem: many who claim to be Christians aren’t. They’re pagans.

  • The smug skeptic thought he’d struck a major blow to Christianity.

The theologian who accompanied him on this program, a self-professed liberal, politely chided the atheist for his reasoning on this matter. Reverend Giles Fraser asked the famous nonbeliever if he could recall the entire title of Darwin’s magnum opus (On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life).

  • Dawkins accepted the challenge.

He bragged that he could. The nihilist had always proudly proclaimed Darwin’s prima facie manifesto as his gospel.

  • Of course, he knew the full legend … or so he thought.

When Dawkins began naming the title, he recognized he couldn’t recall it. As he struggled to joggle his gray cells, he uttered the words on live television: Oh, God!

How embarrassing that had to be for an atheist.

  • Of all the words he could’ve said, God’s name just slipped out.

Michael Brown wondered if it could’ve been a Freudian slip. Another apologist assessed of this incident:

 

The ultimate evidence of the sovereignty of God is that even someone who doesn’t believe in Him calls upon Him to remind him of the name of the book that says He doesn’t exist.

~ Ravi Zacharias

 

  • Because an unbelieving world is watching us …

I’d caution all of us about how we use the term Christian. I’d also exhort us to treat God’s Word with the reverent attention He desires.

 

If you claim to be a Christian, do you treat the Bible as the Word of God?