In this age of online anonymity, I often encounter people who claim to be agnostic or atheist. Many times, they throw out a few verses from Leviticus or some other Old Testament book they don't understand to help them make the case they want to against the Bible.
Without digging deeper or studying the context the scriptures should be taken in, some make sweeping pronouncements against the Bible and God. Often, such means are used to come to wrong conclusions. I have been told the Bible portrays God as cruel. Some have even told me that if He is truly the kind of God the Bible portrays Him to be, they don't want Him. They say this without even trying to understand the scriptures as a whole.
Some use oft-repeated fallacies like: The Bible has been translated so many times over the years that it has lost its original meaning. They do not even realize what a translation is. They seem to think that a translation comes off of the back of another translation which came off of the back of another, etc., without knowing that translations come from our oldest originals not from each other or more recent documents.
Recently, I spoke with someone who used such weak arguments to discredit all sixty-six books of the Bible. When I answered their questions to the best of my ability they ignored the answers and accused me of being a simple-minded follower.
I have come to the conclusion that some just don't want to believe the Bible is the Word of God. They hold on to false hope mixed with wrong information because they do not want to have to do anything about it. It's easy to say you doubt Jesus is the Son of God. It is much harder to make a deserved commitment to the very One who gave you life.
I believe some simply want to believe a lie.
Now if people want to believe a lie, that's one thing. But there is a scripture in 1 John 5:10 that says this: 1 John 5:10 – The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has testified concerning his Son.
If someone wants to talk against the scripture of God, if you want to say you doubt Jesus is the Son of God, know this: God Himself has said you are as much as calling Him a liar.
I believe it would be beneficial for people to search the depths of their hearts before they speak. They should find out what is beneath the claims they make.
I have never in my life heard anyone come right out and say that though they did not know whether Jesus was the Son of God or not, they just didn't want to put the effort in to finding out if it was true because they didn't have the desire or backbone to serve Him if He was.
Personally, I would have much more respect for anyone who admitted that to my face than for those who say all that other stuff to explain why they do not believe.
And it would be a whole lot better than calling God a liar.
And that's the way I see it from this catbird seat.