"The Bible holds all kinds of contradictions," they tell you (as though the reason they do not commit to Jesus is simply because they have searched His Word and found it to be full of errors.) I've yet to have anyone really be interested in sitting down and talking with me about what those supposed contradictions are so we can discuss if I have been serving a false religion or they have made a false assumption.
This statement about the contradictions satisfies the person saying it for several reasons. 1. They think it makes them appear knowledgeable. (One person who argued this point with me on line could do nothing but look things up on Google which caused them to find other people's false statements about the Bible that were pretty easy to dispute.) 2. It allows them to present themselves as a person who would indeed commit to the truth if the truth could be known. (But the truth is that they don't want to commit to God. They don't want to humble themselves or admit they owe their life to a Someone who may require something of them.) 3. This statement puts the Word of God in a place beneath them. (Surely, they are too intelligent to commit to something so clearly wrong.) 4. Claiming the Bible is full of contradictions also allows them appear as though they are taking the moral high road almost out of righteous indignation! (I could never believe in something that contains contradictions!) Of course the facts they don't know what the contradictions are and don't spend time searching them out so they could find the truth themselves in case they are wrong is not something these people want to go into.
This also puts the people who claim Jesus was just a "good" man on par with many other religious pursuasions of the world. Islam says the same, even Juddahism. They allow Jesus to be good but not God.
I find it interesting that Jesus said He is the only way to God and most other religions allow Him everything but that. (Did you know that the crucifixion of Jesus is almost undisputed among history scholars now because so much evidence of it has been confirmed to them through the ancient writings of non-Christians?)
So, these are just a few examples of things Satan wants people to say. There are many more. But I'll tell you the thing that aggravates me the most about people saying them: the hypocrisy. We all hear day and night about hypocritical Christians. (The world's definition of a hypocrites are people who don't live up to the idea of what they THINK the Bible says Christians should be from a Bible they don't know or claim not to believe. Anyone notice the paradox there?) But I say these excuse-makers are the real hypocrites. I wish they would quit acting. I wish they would just tell the truth! Tell people you don't want to go to church because you don't want God to work in you and change you. Tell us that you haven't really searched the Bible to find out if it is true because you really don't care. Tell us you're pretty satisfied with your life and your toys and your friends and your fun and your computers and your money situation and you don't want God in your life. Tell us you just plain don't want to give up your sin!
I would have much more respect for the person who tells me they have found worshipping plastic, pink flamingos to be fulfilling and instrumental to changing their heart and life for the better if they truly believed it that than to be put off by someone who uses words and phrases to stroke their egos and give themselves what they perceive as a viable excuse.
If people don't want to serve God, I wish they would come right out and say it and not hide behind excuses because one day we all will stand alone before Him with nothing but the truth of who we are and what we've done with the life He gave us. And I'm telling you right now: The excuses won't fly before the all-knowing, all-powerful God of all creation who loved us enough to come down here and make a way for us to go to Him.
Satan already got kicked out of heaven once and God's not letting Him back in.
And that's the view from this catbird seat...
(The idea from this blog came because of another I read: http://amodernvoice.com/content/everything-meaningless )