Someone has stolen my book. My, “Why I’m Not A Christian,” book by Bertrand Russel is missing.
(((Deep breath))) I think Russel was the guy who said, “If I encounter God after I die and He asks me why I never believed, I will say, “Sir You didn’t provide me with enough evidence,” or something like that. I doubt that Russel said anything of the kind but, whatever.
If he had, I believe that God would have said, “Sir, there was no point in showing you ANY evidence. I’ve known since before you were created that you would remain a sceptic for the duration of your life on earth. I’ve known since before you were born that you’d convince 100's of thousands of people to reject Me. That’s a lot to answer for Mr. Russel. On the other hand, you and all those who followed your lead had as much evidence as the next guy. In fact you’ve had much MORE evidence than many who have in the past and who will in the future become believers. It's you’re arrogance that compelled you to ignore the evidence that I placed before you.
You see Mr. Russel, you aren’t lost because of a lack of evidence. You’re lost because of an act of your will - period. And, as you can see, you’re not alone. Hell is filled to the brim with people who would have maintained their scepticism even if they’d been born to Christian parents, even if they’d gone to Sunday School, even if they’d read the Bible and memorised the most relevant verses, even if they’d heard the Gospel message hundreds of times, even if they’d met Jesus face to face and heard Him preach for three years straight. No, Mr. Russel, you and those like you would reject My offer of salvation no matter how much information or evidence about Me that you had.
You know now, in hind sight, that any and all evidence that you had about Me you simply ignored or rejected. Evidence for My existence interfered with your plans so you cast it aside like useless garbage. And you thought pride was a good thing. I tried to warn you Russel. I tried. Sucks to be you, I guess.
It seems that there’s something about grace that turns the stomach of people like you. And there’s nothing that I can do about that. I usually put people like you in areas that will never hear the Gospel. Did you know that? It's that whole "Casting pearls to swine" thing. I don't like doing that. It's such a waste. Anyhow, I know you complained about this. You even used it as an excuse to reject Me. Nevertheless, regardless of where they live, those who WILL respond positively to My call of love, My wooing, My appealing to their deepest needs and longings, those people will also be provided by Me with enough grace to accept My offer of salvation. No one will miss the opportunity to spend eternity in paradise with Me.
Only those who WANT to live apart from Me, like Flute for example, will be allowed to live apart from Me. I've done everything that I can to prevent it, but some are simply determined to go their own way. In fact, I’ve presented so much evidence that you really have to work at it to deny My existence. Like Jesus said, “If you wind up in hell, it’ll be over My dead body.”
You cry the blues about how unfair it is, but no one, including you Mr. Russel, who rejects the amount of evidence they’ve been given, would have believed in Me or accepted My offer of salvation even if they’d been given more evidence. It's the same principle regardless of whether you've never heard the Gospel OR whether you've grown up immersed in it. All who are willing to be saved will be brought safely home.
Whether it’s you or Flute or anyone else Russel, anyone who doesn’t respond to the evidence of Creation, wouldn’t respond to the Gospel either. So, be on your way Russel. You requested a life without Me, and a life without Me is what you shall have.”