The Denial of the Wrong God
1 Peter 1:8
“Though you have not seen Him, you love Him. Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible…”
Have you (Christian) ever come up against this challenge?
“I don’t believe in God, because I’ve never seen Him.”
This statement makes a category error. A category error is a semantic or ontological error in which things belonging to a particular category are presented as if they belong to a different category. In other words, for one to say that they do not believe in God BECAUSE they have never seen God, is to deny a god of their own making. It’s the creation of a false god. It’s an averment about a visible god.
But, the Bible says that God is invisible:
1 Timothy 1:17
“To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”
“No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, He has made Him known.”
However, even though God is described as invisible, the Bible says that God’s attributes are CLEARLY SEEN, through the things that are made. Therefore, even though God Himself is invisible, we are still without excuse:
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools…”
This common challenge, “I don’t believe in God, because I’ve never seen Him,” is completely bogus. It’s a straw man. A straw man is a misrepresentation of something. For a straw man to be successful, it requires that the audience be ignorant or uninformed of the original thing being misrepresented…
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