There Will Be Scoffers
by Scarlett Stough
I haven't had very good success with online forums. Recently, I've been reading posts written by alumni of a small college on a private forum. The majority of the posts are anti-Christian and anti-Bible using arguments which are claimed to be based on scientific fact and much research. Other posts are strictly opinion based on feelings more than anything else.
Rarely has there been anything written on them which build up faith, the faith of Jesus Christ. A few speak up in defense of faith, but without any effect on the scoffers. If this were all I ever read, I could very well come to believe that genuine faith is disappearing.
The small book of Jude warns:
But dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, "In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires." These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
The reasoning of the scoffers is no threat to my faith, not only because I see the flaws in their arguments, but because I know the God they reject.
When many of Jesus' disciples were offended by him and no longer followed him, Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “You do not want to leave too, do you!"(John 6:67)
"Simon Peter answered him, 'Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God'"(John 6:68-69).
Peter's answer to Jesus is my answer to the skeptics and the scoffers: "To whom shall I go? Jesus has the words of eternal life." The love of God and the faith of Jesus have all that makes life worthwhile and gives it purpose.
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