Ever wonder why there is so much unbelief out there? You know, that stone cold stare of incredulity when you tell someone about Christ’s ability to “deliver us from the power of darkness” and to miraculously change our lives. Why is that? We can’t help but wonder how anyone could not believe in Him.
We have seen recently that it is God’s faith, His belief in Himself and His plan and His ability to perform it–it is His faith that He gives to certain individuals in the earth. It’s the “faith once delivered” to His people. After receiving it, we are admonished to “add to your faith” seven spiritual attributes that helps us “grow up into Him.” They help us to always be bearing the “fruit of the Spirit” .
And with these things come the true blessings God has promised. But why, then is there so much unbelief?
In fact, most Christians start out “setting the woods on fire”–telling everyone and expecting everyone to respond and believe them about our Savior. But most of us settle down a bit and scratch our heads and wonder, Why don’t more people believe?
Why So Much Unbelief?
Some may say, Well, their hearts are hard, and they have rejected Him. This is partially true.
Others might say, The devil has deceived the unbelievers. True again, but that is not the whole truth. This blessed news of living a forgiven, free, and happy life in Christ is hidden from the many “lost, in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light…of Christ…should shine unto them” (II Cor. 4:4). So, yes, the devil has blinded them spiritually so that they cannot believe. But that is not the whole story or the cause.
Still others, looking more deeply with eyes that only the Father could give, will see that it is God behind the current glut of unbelief in the world. What? I say this not as an accusation against God, but more in awe of His ways, which are past finding out. I’m going by what He said in His word.
“All Things Are of God”
The apostle John saw this deep truth and expressed it. “But though He had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him…Therefore, they could not believe.” They could not believe? Why couldn’t they believe? They had all the miracles proving that it was God in Christ doing it all. But they could not believe. Why? “Because Isaiah said, He has blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart, that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them (John 12: 37, 39-40).
God has blinded them? Yes. He is behind it; that’s a tough one. John was quoting and elucidating what the Spirit was saying through Isaiah (6: 9-11). And how long will the deafness and blindness of the masses last? How long will the unbelief reign in the hearts of mortal Adamic man?
“And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate. And the LORD (Yahweh) have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land” (v. 11).
The masses will continue on in unbelief until the great catastrophes of the time of the end come upon the whole earth. When destruction comes upon the people, then they will cry unto God, and then their hearts will turn and believe.
Catastrophes That Happened to Ancient Israel Warn Us of Things To Come
We need only look into the scriptures of truth to see the type and shadow of our modern day reality. The children of Israel in the “Old Testament” serve as a painful example of this, for “that which has been is now, and that which is to be has already been” (Eccl. 3: 15). “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come” (I Cor. 10: 11, NIV). If we want to know how it is all going down in our day, we need only to look in the scriptures.
Many will begin to seek God and to believe Him when the disasters come to this earth, just like in the days of old. The nation of Ancient Israel would enjoy the blessings of God, then they would get fat and complacent and forget God, and then He would allow other nations to conquer them and desolate their lives, and then they would cry unto Yahweh, and He would hear and come down and deliver them. There would be revival for a time, and then the cycle would begin again.
We are in that same cycle right now. We are growing fat and sassy. Look at America, allowing our representatives in government to allow and fund the killing of our innocent children, and they have taken prayer and thanksgiving to the God of the Bible out of our schools. And the people have allowed this! And they have taken our complete money system out of the hands of the people’s representatives and given it over to a private banking corporation, a central bank. I won’t even get into all the military adventures that have cost millions of innocent lives, with all their false flags.
We have sinned as a nation in so many ways, and most of us are complicit in these atrocities through our lack of courage. Most have drunk the kool aid they have given us and have taken the government as our sole benefactor. We have grown fat and lazy and do not “look to the Rock from whence we are hewn.”
And so, at the end of this age, which is coming very soon, God will bring us down. He will break the pride of our power and humble us through unimaginable catastrophes where cities will be wasted and destroyed during the horrendous “Great Tribulation Period” that will come upon the whole earth. And it will touch all those who are alive on the earth; that includes Christians, His elect, those He has chosen out to first believe in Him .
There is an elect, a remnant, those chosen by Him to be “a kind of firstfruits,” those destined to be the first to trust in Him and believe Him. And it is left to us to edify each other as best we can, sharing truth with those who can believe at this time. Maybe all of the above is why Isaiah cried out, “Who has believed our report? (53: 1; John 12: 38).
And it is left to us that have His faith to add to it the seven spiritual qualities that will help us grow into full maturity. Somebody is going to do it; it might as well be us.
Of course, the churches do not teach this. You won’t hear this on Sunday morning anywhere, but I’ll stick with Isaiah and John. They saw deeply into the heart of God, revealing secrets to those who can believe at this present time. For most can’t–at this time. Kenneth Wayne Hancock