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When Someone Rejects God

Did you know there is a worldview that rejects God? For example, a person may believe that science dispels the idea that miracles exist because it goes against scientific principles. If this is true, then a person is going to reject miracles that occur in the Bible. If you deny miracles, then you deny that Jesus rose from the dead. Although some may believe this rationale is ridiculous, some people do hold to views like this one. 

God Created The Heavens And The Earth

Modern science assumes a non-Christian worldview. I cannot put God “under a microscope” so God cannot be real. Physical matter is all that is real for a person that holds a worldview that is not Biblical.

I argue, however, that science and a Christian worldview are compatible. A person who rejects God (i.e., worldview) argues that God is restricted by the laws of the universe. To put it simply, God must follow laws like no energy is created nor destroyed in the universe. If this logic is true, then God cannot create anything out of nothing. However, the Bible tells us this…

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. – Genesis 1:1

A warning is given from Scripture about identifying with a worldview that opposes the concept of God. Although people who identify with this worldview desire to pursue truth, God tells us there is one way to find truth and that is found in Jesus Christ. No other way exists to find truth in this world (John 3:16, ESV).

The Bible teaches that Jesus is the only way to know God. Although people who reject God suggest that God is unknowable, the Bible tells us that all Scripture is “God-breathed…” (2 Tim. 3:16, ESV).

God speaks to us continually through His Word and His creation. John the Disciple sharply points out that “In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1, ESV). As people desire to seek out their truth, God gives them over to the desires of their hearts (James 4:7, ESV). Believe to understand rather than attempting to understand so you can believe in Jesus Christ, St. Anselm of Canterbury suggested many decades ago.

What To Do When Someone Rejects God

I want to share with you practical ways to communicate with a friend, loved one, or a family member who may hold to a worldview that rejects God:

  1. Jesus builds relationships through us, not destroys them. Build a relationship first with someone before you suggest their worldview is not biblical.
  2. People know you care when you listen to understand them. Listening to listen is not listening to respond.
  3. Changing someone’s heart is Jesus’ job, not yours; be patient with those that do not hold the same worldview you do. Jesus saved you while you were yet still a sinner.
  4. Agree to disagree builds trust and respect in a relationship. People are more willing to hear about a Christian worldview when their worldview is respected.
  5. Simple statements that encourage ongoing discussion with your people who reject a worldview that believes in God. Here are some examples: 
    • “Thank you for spending some time with me to talk about this challenging topic.”
    • “I appreciate the time you spent with me to share your story. Let’s catch up soon so we can talk more.”
    • “I just want to hear your story about your belief in God; I am not here to judge it.”
    • “We may not agree in the end, but I am glad we had this discussion. I enjoyed getting to know you.”
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