What Constitutes Rejection of God?

Can a person reject something the Bible says about God—say, one of His attributes—without rejecting God?

Some people, for example, don’t believe that God is wrathful. They dismiss the Old Testament accounts of God bringing judgment on nations by wiping them out. Sodom and Gomorrah come to mind. Nineveh. The Amalekite nation. Or they don’t believe in Hell.

My question is whether or not a person who rejects this attribute of God (God is loving. He would NEVER kill a whole nation for no reason, he would NEVER send all those people to eternal punishment.) is in essence rejecting God.

Or is that person simply making a mistake because he doesn’t know enough. I mean, a study of Scripture will show that God had explicit reasons for bringing judgment upon the nations He destroyed. Just as He had reasons for giving Israel into the hands of the Assyrians and Judah into the hands of the Babylonians. But someone who doesn’t know Scripture well might not realize what God’s purposes are.

A friend of mine asked about whether or not a person needs to understand the trinity before he can become a Christian. I think that’s along the same line as my question today.

In essence he was asking, how much do we need to know before we become a Christian?

My question comes at the same issue from a different angle—when does our ignorance turn into rejection? Is rejection of an attribute of God, a rejection of Him?

How about His work? If someone denies that God created the heavens and the earth, have they rejected Him? If they deny He parted the waters of the Red Sea or sent plagues down on Egypt, if they deny that God closed the mouths of lions in the den Daniel was thrown into or that his three friends survived a furnace that killed the guards pushing them inside—if someone denies the miracles of the Bible, are they denying God?

I know more and more professing Christians are starting to believe in some form of intelligent design combined with evolution. Does rejection of the Genesis account of creation (and I’m not saying a strict six-day interpretation) and of Man’s fall, mean a person is rejecting God?

Just how many theological ducks must one get in a row before it’s clear he isn’t rejecting God, though he rejects some statement about God?

I have more questions today than answers. I’d be interested in your thoughts.

Published in: on July 8, 2010 at 3:47 pm  Comments (7)  
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