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And He Wondered At Their Unbelief

One of the most difficult aspects of evangelism is unbelief.  I have learned to have a healthy respect for the sovereignty of God in salvation and the fact that we must depend on the Holy Spirit when it comes to witnessing (John 6:44) but it is still hard for me to understand people’s unbelief.  Like Jesus in Mark 6:6, I wonder at people’s unbelief.  How can they remain in their sins?  How can they read/hear the gospel and ignore the call to repentance?  Why do they continue in their unbelief and their utter disdain for God Almighty?

There is a struggle that takes place within me whenever I engage people who simply refuse the gospel.  So many people have made their gods their intellect or their feelings their gods.  They “know” that there is no God because they have concluded that in their darkened minds (Ephesians 4:18).  While not knowing the vastness of the universe, the wonder of creation, etc. they “know” there is no God.  That is amazing to me.  No wonder Jesus would wonder at the unbelief of the people in Mark 6:6.  It simply is illogical to conclude there is no God.  It is illogical to conclude that our entire purpose here is nothing more than natural selection.  I am convinced that we do know in our heart of hearts that there is a God (Romans 1:18-32) and that we will be judged by Him (Romans 2:5-6).  We can see God all around us in His creation (Psalm 19:1-6) but we choose to walk in unbelief.  We choose to rebel against this God.  We choose our sin as our god instead of bowing to the one true and living God.

Like Jesus in Mark 6:6, I wonder at people’s ignorance and unbelief.  It saddens me to think that people continue in their sins, in their false religions, in their idolatry simply because of their own unbelief.  God doesn’t make them be unbelievers.  They choose to be that way.  May God help us to continue to preach Christ knowing that He will draw sinners to Himself for His own glory and honor (1 Timothy 2:1-6).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

10/19/2012 at 5:24 PM

Posted in Evangelism

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