The Atheist’s next argument is again placing himself in the position of God. His argument is summarized thusly: If I were God, I’d make sure that everyone heard from me personally—I wouldn’t use dead languages over time. That’s just a bad job at revelation.
My Personal Theory
I believe that part of God’s mission with His people and the way that He deals with them is to prove Himself blameless with them. If you look at the recorded history in the Bible from that perspective you begin to notice some interesting things.
Look at how God dealt with people throughout time and their reaction:
- God had a relationship with the first two created beings. He loved them and communed with them daily. They chose to disobey, and communion was still there, but fractured and not the same.
- God talked with the people of the day (see Cain) and there were eyewitnesses to the creation around. Still, the people became so wicked. They sought out other “gods” and perverted themselves. God had to find someone (Noah) that was still following Him and start over.
- God chose a single nation to be His standard bearer. This nation ended up in a foreign land, and that king would not let His people go. He sent plagues on them that eventually convinced them of the fact that He was the true God. They still followed the people of Israel, having not learned their lesson.
- God judged His people, and yet still showed control over the king that took them over. Still, some did not follow.
- God sent prophets that did many signs and wonders that were beheld by all, but the people did not turn from their sin.
- God sent His Son to live among the people, living a sinless life—they tried Him and killed Him on a tree.
- When He arose, the people still did not recognize Him as God, they chose to kill His followers.
- When God uses people today to spread His message, Atheists attack the message and belittle it—same old stuff.
God will eventually deal with the world with His pent up wrath—a final set of signs that will show His power on display. The sad part is, people will still not believe.
The point is, it doesn’t matter whether He put a neon billboard in the sky or talked to everyone personally, we still rebel.
The fact that He documented Himself at work over time is exactly what is needed, because it illustrates Himself as Creator, how He acted, how He thinks, and what’s left of this world. We have all we need.
Oh, and the authors of the books of the bible weren’t primitive nomadic shepherds. Some were kings, priests, prophets, scholars, doctors, historians, learned highly trained individuals, fisherman, tax collectors, etc. They came from all walks of life, writing a book over a period of 2000 years that stands the test of time.
For a group of individuals who claim all sorts of contradictions in the Book, they should make sure to keep their facts straight.