They Know Not

Jan 10, 2024 | The Chuck Wagon

“But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.” 1 Cor. 2:14; NASB

I recently watched two videos on social media where the people posting were insisting the Bible was not only wrong but hateful. This piqued my interest regarding the comments that were left in response to the videos. As expected, the opinions were all over the map. However, I found a common thread among self-proclaimed Christians in the comment sections of the videos. They all seemed to expect their comments to be accepted by the presenters as worthy of consideration. Many tried to explain Bible verses to the presenters, citing passages in scripture to prove their points. Others angrily wrote that the presenters were going to bake in hell if they did not repent. Still, others promised a life of misery if the presenters continued their behavior. This only caused the presenters to double down on their anti-Bible attitudes when responding to the commenters.

First, believers should not expect unbelievers to understand concepts based on Scripture. As the passage above states, spiritual things are foolishness to those who do not have the Spirit of God in them. They cannot fully understand the things of God if they do not have the Spirit of God. Quoting Scripture to them and debating based on that Scripture is futile. At the end of it all, they will not understand the points you are trying to make. It has nothing to do with intelligence, IQ, age, or worldly experience. It has everything to do with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the spiritual maturity of the individual. The only thing Christians should try to get across to unbelievers is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They may not understand that either, only God can touch them with the depth of that truth. However, if they do not understand the Gospel, they certainly will not understand your Biblical argument, however simple it may seem to you.

The second point regarding the comments I read is this. An unbeliever’s ignorance of, or attitude toward, Scripture should never offend a believer. They do not and will not understand it until they have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. It is much like sitting with a two-year-old who just learned to walk. You can explain why they should not cross the road alone, but they will not understand how it could be dangerous, and really don’t care. They might even obey your warning in the moment, but you know that’s not because they understand.

Getting angry, verbally abusive, or frustrated is not how a believer should respond, ever. As believers, we are called by God to love others, even if they seem unlovable. Loving your neighbor will drive you to desire salvation for them. Salvation is a gift that can come only from God. Scripture tells us, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast’ (Eph. 2:8-9).

Please do not spend your precious time scrolling through so called “religious” social media sites expecting to find anything worthwhile. Spend that time reading the Bible. Prayerfully reading Scripture will reveal any answers you might need about life. Since our job as believers is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we need as much time in His Word as possible to stay dedicated to that cause. We should preach the Gospel with love and genuine concern for the eternal lives of those who do not believe. We cannot expect them to understand anything biblical if they haven’t yet accepted their own personal sinfulness.

God bless and have a great week

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