Atheist ignorance, be it deliberate or God given, causes atheists to greatly distort God’s Word. Consider the case where atheists say that murder and atrocities like the Inquisition can be justified through the teachings of Jesus. Well, they don’t exactly blame it on the teachings of Jesus, do they? Actually, atheists are terrified of the New Testament. As Samuel Clemens once said, “It’s not the things in the Bible that I don’t understand that scare me. It’s the things in the Bible that I do understand that scare me.”
So dependent are atheists on the Old Testament Covenant to maintain their anti God stance, many of them behave as though the Bible only contains those Older Testaments to God’s reality. You see, atheists know that nowhere can a case be made for any type of inquisition or witch burning or crusade.
Rather than finding grounds for supporting murder, atheists, many of whom possess quite an extraordinary knowledge of what the Bible says, should, could and probably do know that Jesus took special pains to guard against someone taking His teaching out of context. Jesus taught specifically against the kind of thoughts and behaviours that could be used to instigate events like the Crusades and the Inquisition.
In Matthew 13: 24 - 30 we read - “God’s kingdom is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. That night, while his hired men were asleep, his enemy sowed thistles all through the wheat and slipped away before dawn. When the first green shoots appeared and the grain began to form, the thistles showed up, too.
The farmhands came to the farmer and said, Master, that was clean seed you planted, wasn’t it? Where did these thistles come from?”
He answered, “Some enemy did this.”
“The farmhands asked, “Should we weed out the thistles?’
He said, “No, if you weed the thistles, you’ll pull up the wheat, too. Let them grow together until harvest time. Then I’ll instruct the harvesters to pull up the thistles and tie them in bundles for the fire, then gather the wheat and put it in the barn.”
. That parable is specifically about NOT “pulling up” or killing those who are clearly not part of God’s kingdom.
. That parable is specifically about NOT “pulling up” or killing those who are antagonistic toward or openly trying to destroy the kingdom of God.
. That parable is specifically about NOT seeking out and then judging those who may or may not be part of the kingdom of God.
It is God who will deal with these people at the proper time. It is not our job and the Bible provides no justification for attempting to judge the fate of others based on our limited knowledge of God’s will.