In John 18:38 we read that before His crucifixion, Jesus told Pilate “…to this end am I come into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” Pilate asked, “What is truth?” Then he turned and walked away from the very one who is The Truth (John 14:6).
We may not pay much attention to Pilate’s cynical comment, but the fact is that more and more people today are expressing the same cynicism and unbelief and can be identified as atheists. The American Family Association recently released a report based on Barna polls indicating that atheism has been on the rise in America. It stated that while only 6% of adults claimed to be atheists, 13% of those 19 and under did so - more than double that of the nation’s adult population.
Another source reported that among Millennials more than half now believe that the Bible is not to be taken literally, but just considered as a helpful resource. In 2014 44% of them felt that way, but in 2018 that number had risen to 53%, a 9% increase in just 4 years. That same source reported that among Evangelicals 53% believe that “everyone sins a little, but most people are good by nature”. Polling also revealed that 52% of these Evangelicals believe that “God accepts the worship of all religions” and 78% believe ”Jesus is a created being.”
Considering these statistics, is it any wonder that we have such a morally confused society that accepts promiscuity, homosexuality, abortion, etc., etc. Yet, the most important question for us is “What do I believe?” In John 10:30 Jesus declared, “I and the Father are one.” And in John 14:6 we read, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me.” What we believe in the here and now will determine where we will spend our eternity beyond the grave. The fact is that we are all sinners and the “wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23). So, we better believe that Jesus is indeed God, not just a created being and that the Bible is God’s Word for us to live by and isn’t just a helpful resource. Sadly, there will be a lot of “good people” in hell because they didn’t believe these truths.