Well that’s a pretty bold title. There are billions of people on this planet with all sorts of different backgrounds and beliefs, and here I am claiming to know the real reason why you don’t believe in God.
You’re right, I can’t know if this is the real reason, but I really do think it is. If not, it’s got to be one of the main reasons.
But here’s the thing, I could just come out and say what the reason is, but I don’t think you’ll believe me. So let me try and convince you first.
Everybody knows what it takes to be physically healthy, and yet the vast majority of people would say they aren’t as healthy as they ought to be. Whether it’s not eating well enough, or exercising enough, or sleeping enough, whatever. There could be a lot of different reasons.
Many would admit that yes, they know some practical things they could start doing today to get healthier, even if they aren’t going to start doing them.
The problem is not that they don’t know enough, it’s that they haven’t been compelled enough to change their lifestyle.
There are endless examples like these. Be it doing better in school, learning how to play an instrument, handling our money better, etc. The problem is not lack of knowledge, it’s simply that we aren’t compelled enough to change.
This, I believe, is the real reason people don’t believe in God.
Sure, we can hide behind statements like “I have all these intellectual and/or scientific questions,” or “I don’t believe in a God when there is so much evil in the world.”
Fine. And hear me out, I’m not downplaying those things. I just don’t think that’s really what is holding you back. Because there are some really intelligent people who are also Christians, and they have access to the same resources we do when it comes to these things, yet they still believe in God. So it has to be more than that.
What’s interesting is what we read about the life of Jesus. In the first few chapters of the book of John we see Jesus performing various miracles and drawing crowds. Then he starts to talk about what it means to truly follow him. But the crowds don’t want to hear that, they just want Jesus to keep doing cool stuff.
So towards the end of John chapter 6 they end up walking away. Why?
It wasn’t because of a lack knowledge, but because they don’t want to give up control over their lives.
Picture this for just one second. These people weren’t reading about Jesus doing miracles, they witnessed them. They knew Jesus was someone special, yet the walked away.
It wasn’t because of a lack of knowledge, but because of a lack of control. They didn’t want to follow Jesus.
Now I know that doesn’t sound very nice. And undoubtedly you’ll object. That’s not my problem, you say, it really is that I don’t think he exists.
Ok, fine. I’ll end with this question.
If Jesus were to appear to you right now and answer every question and objection you had about God, would you then be willing to follow Jesus and do anything he asks you to do? To change your life, put his desires before your own, even if that means making radical changes in some areas of your life?
If the answer to that is no, then your problem with God has nothing to do with knowledge and everything to do with, well, you. If God himself can’t compel you to believe in him, nothing else will.
If your answer to that question is a genuine yes, should you not do everything in your power to seek God and see if he is really there? Because if God is real, you could be missing out the most important part of your existence; a relationship with God.
The reason you may not believe in God, I believe, is not a lack of knowledge, but a lack of control; we don’t anyone telling us how we should live our lives. How ironic then are the words of Paul in Galatians 5, “it is for freedom that Christ has set us free.”