Militant atheists caricature Christian belief, reducing it to something childish and abnormal. They seem unable to grasp anything of God’s being, or the necessity, scope and kindness of His love. Here is the work of Christ, and how His love may be tasted and proved.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
And our subject is ‘Finding the Astonishing Love of God’. What a theme this is, ‘The love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ A sublime theme, an amazing theme, a very beautiful theme, incomprehensible really, the extent of the love of God is such. The love of God revealed through and in Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Now, leading militant atheists try to describe the biblical message of salvation in order to bring it into ridicule to make it sound absurd and they rehearse some of its elements but they shrivel them down and they understate them and they make them sound ridiculous. ‘God has made a mess of creation’ or words to that effect, ‘He has produced sin in the process. So God wants to preserve or salvage something and has sent Christ the Son of God into the world.’ And then they use terms like ‘And then God the Father beat up Christ the Son on a cross.’ For what good reason? ‘And having worked out his anger for his own folly on that, then people who choose to live according to the way of Christ or to follow his whims they are the special ones the saved ones.’
And you’ll get various descriptions along these lines which totally understate every point and you wonder whether the writing and the militant atheists you wonder whether they even remotely grasp the biblical plan or way of salvation or whether they do this deliberately, and unwitting people hear them – well, the plan of God is ridiculed and made to look so trivial and absurd and childish, and so they reject it and disbelieve. But that’s what’s going on and everywhere as you know I don’t have to tell you this you see the videos and the statements and the books and the quotations of the leading atheists. Some of them are more polite than others, some of them affect a scholarly presentation, others cannot keep the hatred of God out of their voices.