Her sweet little face overwhelmed me. “Doesn’t she seem like a miracle?” I asked my daughter.
“She is a miracle. How can anyone have a baby and not believe in God?”
I understood what she was saying, but I also understand that people can and do have babies all the time, without giving a second thought to whether God had anything to do with it.
I suspect that part of the reason for spiritual apathy is that people read the Bible, with its bizarre, frightening, and sometimes barbaric stories; they hear Christians insisting that we should believe that every event and concept within its pages is true, word for word; and they conclude that attributing something as awe-inspiring as a newborn baby to such an angry, cruel god is nonsense.
To anyone who would claim that every word describing the character or intentions of God in scripture ought to be taken as a true representation of Who God is and what God does, please consider the following:
The god kills children/babies for the sins of their parents.
Yes, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even their beloved children. (Hosea 9:16)
…because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord and given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child that is born to you shall surely die… And the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s widow bore to David, and he was very sick… And on the seventh day the child died. (2 Samuel 12:13-15, 18)
The god punishes rebellion by dashing infants to pieces and ripping open the bellies of pregnant women.
Samaria shall bear her guilt and become desolate, for she rebelled against her God; they shall fall by the sword, their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their pregnant women shall be ripped up. (Hosea 13:16)
The god punishes the enemies of Israel by commanding mass murder, including nursing infants.
Thus says the Lord of hosts, I have considered and will punish what Amalek did to Israel… Now go and smite Amalek and utterly destroy all they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.
Can you imagine Jesus approving of any of this?
When the disciples were not permitting children to approach Jesus, He said, “Leave the children alone! Allow the little ones to come to Me, and do not forbid or restrain or hinder them, for of such [as these] is the kingdom of heaven composed.”
What do you think Jesus would have said to the disciples if they were murdering the children?
Jesus actually draws a direct correlation between little ones and not only Himself, but the Father Who sent Him:
“Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.”
Think about it. If Jesus only says and does what the One who sent Him says and does, and if the character of God does not change, how can the god described by Old Testament writers be an accurate representation of God?
Perhaps the people who utterly reject God are actually rejecting the god presented to them by the writers. And maybe they are actually seeing the Kingdom of God a little bit clearer than those who would prefer to justify the bizarro-god in order to preserve the so-called infallibility of their precious book.