I think as a believer one should at times listen to the many voices of unbelief and see how they mount their attacks on God, faith and us. Even better than that is to read the responses of serious believers that take things at their merit and don’t respond only emotionally.
If you have not yet heard of Hitchens here is a short intro to him.
As humans we are so easily sold for clever sounding arguments by people with British accents. We look at a guy that has a higher IQ and conclude that everything he says must be coated in gold.
Interestingly enough, in God’s economy it is not the wise or intellectual that receive His grace, but the foolish and lowly. Why? Because you are only created. You are not God, you do not deserve glory!
“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.” (1Co 1:26-29)
Ultimately, it is pride that gets the better of you, because HAVE BEEN GIVEN much BY GOD (…). You did not get your intelligence, it was given to you.
But you choose to waste your briliant mind on the things of this world, trying to find people to stroke your inflated ego like granny’s favourite kitten.
Watch this guy not getting it either. Apparently he managed to get about 23.000 people to ‘blaspheme the Holy Spirit’, in an attempt to reserve front row seats for the train to hell (www.blasphemychallenge.com). I just want to add this: your words do not mean anything!
Blaspheming the Holy Spirit is not uttering the words, but it is the willful rejection of the Gospel, over and over and over and over and over again … until your dead heart has grown accustomed to the taste of its foulness.
If you want to know what gets you, finally and ultimately away from God’s grace, read Hebrews 5:11-6:8. But then you have to taste first, something you don’t want to do … at least until God gets hold of you.
grace and peace