They were there before Christ, they were there during Jesus’ tenure, and they are here after Christ departed. Both Jesus and the Bible warns that skeptics, doubters, and scoffers will play a minor supplementary role during the closing of human events.
Jesus clearly articulated that “as in the days of Noah” the same crew of skeptics, doubters, and scoffers that ridiculed the building of the ark would be making fun at the prospect of Jesus’ return. It had never rained before and how stupid was that to build a huge water going vessel so far away from the water? Where is the sign of its coming because things continue as with our fathers and our fathers’ fathers?
A dynamic key is the convergence of events stipulated by Jesus would be happening within a compressed period of time. Matthew 24 and Luke 21 reports what Christ stated what would be happening as a precursor to His return. A novice elementary school reader can take inventory of all the predictions and check off the listing of at least 36 conditions that is taking place.http://www.prophecydepotministries.net/2014/end-times-signs-converging/
Saints should be aware particularly that the skeptics, doubters, and scoffers are fulfilling their role designated by Christ by a spirit of the anti-Christ that would be present before the unveiling of the “man of perdition”. The spirit of the anti-Christ, or those opposing Christ, is relentlessly at work.
In Daniel there is a warning that the anti-Christ will cause craft, or deception, to prosper. Some attribute the increased interest in witchcraft and the occult is a residual result of the powers of deception increasing the public’s interest so prolifically, particularly within the last decade. The root word in the Hebrew that the English word “craft” is taken in Daniel 8:25 is derived from “ramah” in the Hebrew meaning delude, betray, beguile or deceive.
There is a huge reason Jesus first responded with “do not be deceived” as a warning through the apostles when His disciples asked what would be the signs of His coming.
Peter of the inner circle of Jesus’ anointed twelve disciples wrote in 2 Peter 3:3-4 that “there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation”.
Christians should quickly realize that many are, as Peter also described, “willfully ignorant” and will reject the truth even if it is plainly presented to the skeptics. The spirit of confusion dominates the thinking of those practicing contrary attitudes so much that their minds are warped. It is the last step towards having a reprobate mind where not even God can reach them.
Guarding your heart as stated in Proverbs 4:23 can morph the mind into various paradigms if one subjects it to healthy or unhealthy influences. Out of it (your heart) flow the issues of life is how you will process the external influences around you. One can be indoctrinated to anything.
Next, Jesus declared in Matthew 12:34 that “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks”, a dire warning that is emphasized in Proverbs 18:21 which warns “death and life are in the power of the tongue”.
History’s bone yard is riddled with those that doubted or were skeptics of many inventions, telling people they could not accomplish something, or those walking in their own limited understanding of the world around them. Humanity would be worse off to a massive degree if one adhered to the “can’t do” philosophy of these skeptics, doubters, and scoffers.
Jesus Christ is the most controversial person ever to exist in history. That alone is without question. The secular world accepts Christ as a good teacher, philosopher, and prophet, however there is a resistance by skeptics, doubters, and scoffers to admit that Jesus even existed.
Saints are already aware that one can spend far too much time debating the illegitimate claims that are floated by the skeptics, doubters, or scoffers as Jesus never existed. This intellectual dishonesty is used to redirect attention from the more crucial aspects as “Who do you think Jesus is?” based on the sayings in the gospels or prophecies of the Old Testament.
Christian apologetics should focus on the more impactful discussion concerning Christ instead of participating in conjecture that is merely a smokescreen of confusion coming from the skeptics, doubters, or scoffers. One does not have to partake in intellectual dishonesty. Christians are encouraged to “come let us reason together” meaning one does not have to spend time with an unreasonable person.
Jesus spent time conveying the truth with Pontius Pilate while ignoring the false accusations of the Jewish Sanhedrin. Pilate was a Gentile seeking truth while those in the Sanhedrin were not motivated in finding out the truth. That pretty much sums up why Christians should not waste time with those that are purposely resistant to the truth.
The Bible declares that fools hate wisdom.
Proverbs 26: 11 grossly but accurately declares, “as a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.