Why Don't More People Accept Jesus?

Greg discusses why many people reject Jesus. 



00:06 I have a talk I give that's titled, "Bad arguments against God," and there are lots

00:13 of legitimate ways, I think, to go after Christianity. Like Paul says, if Jesus

00:17 didn't rise from the dead then we are of most people to be pitied,

00:21 okay. And so if there is no resurrection, we're wrong. If there is no God, we're

00:26 wrong. If there was no Jesus, we're wrong. I mean so there are legitimate ways to

00:30 go after Christianity, but in this talk I I deal with what I think are bad ways,

00:35 ill-informed ways of challenging God's existence or challenging Christianity.

00:41 And in that talk I make a an observation, and the observation is, there are lots of

00:47 people who make very foolish mistakes in thinking who are otherwise intelligent.

00:52 They're bright. They're doctors, they're lawyers, they're PhDs, they're academics

00:57 of all sorts. They're really smart people, but when it comes to spiritual

01:01 things, they make really foolish mistakes. And this brings us to the question of

01:08 why is it that Jesus is not accepted by the rank-and-file? Why aren't more people

01:13 Christians? And I think some people are tempted to think that it's because

01:18 Christianity is not intellectually credible in some fashion, you know.

01:21 There's not good reasons for it. There's not good evidence for it. But see, this is

01:26 just not the case. Because we can marshal all kinds of great evidence in favor of

01:32 the existence of God, or the reality of the Resurrection, or the historical Jesus

01:36 who did miracles, and said the things that Jesus said, and a whole host

01:42 of other things. Virtually every area that is vital to the Christian worldview

01:46 we can give solid reasons why believing in that is better than believing some

01:51 other alternative. So the reasons are there. Why is it that people don't get it

01:56 if it seems so simple, it seems so straightforward? And the reason is – which

02:01 is the same reason that very intelligent people make very foolish mistakes in

02:06 thinking when it comes to God – is because it's not based simply on thinking. There

02:12 are lots of reasons that people reject the claims of the Gospel and Jesus of

02:17 Nazareth. Sometimes it's for rational reasons. Maybe they've never been exposed

02:21 to some of the things that we know about through Stand to Reason and other

02:25 organizations like us, apologetics. Sometimes it's just through prejudice.

02:30 They have a narrow focus. They don't want to think about the alternatives. They

02:35 have prejudged them without looking at them, and they're prejudiced against them.

02:39 Sometimes there are emotional reasons. People say, "I can't believe in Christianity

02:44 because if I believed in that then I would have to admit that my parents, who now

02:47 died, are not with God, and I can't countenance that. So that's an emotional reason

02:51 right? Understandable. Sometimes it's just bull-headedness.

02:57 People do not want to to bend the knee. And you know, there are a whole bunch of

03:03 atheists that have said just that. "I don't want to believe in God. He messes

03:07 with my social life, He messes with my sex life. I do not want to bend the knee."

03:14 And that really, I think, is the ultimate issue. Why is it that most intelligent

03:21 people don't believe in Jesus? Well, it's the same reason most unintelligent

03:27 people don't believe in Jesus. Has nothing to do with intelligence, it's

03:31 because that Jesus makes too big of a moral and ethical demand on peoples'

03:36 lives. They have to bend the knee. People don't want to do that.

03:42 That's the reason most people don't become Christians, and not any other.

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Greg Koukl