2. They would rather condemn Scripture than bow down to its Author.
This issue is simple: People want to live life their own way rather than God’s way.
Some simply say “no thanks” to the Bible. Others look for reasons to justify their unbelief. Either option spells disaster.
Romans chapter 1 describes this kind of thinking:
“Ever since God created the world, his invisible qualities, both his eternal power and his divine nature, have been clearly seen; they are perceived in the things that God has made. So those people have no excuse at all! They know God, but they do not give him the honor that belongs to him, nor do they thank him. Instead, their thoughts have become complete nonsense, and their empty minds are filled with darkness. They say they are wise, but they are fools.” (Romans 1:20-22 GNB)
Indeed, it is foolish to receive the clearly written Owner’s Manual for life and reject it and its Author.
3. They are disillusioned by believers.
First, I must acknowledge that many have been deeply disappointed by people who call themselves Christians.
However, to deny Christianity because of “phonies” is unwise, and often just a smokescreen.
Read the papers and you will learn about crooked politicians, corrupt police officers, incompetent medical practitioners, dishonest judges and so on. But most people are smart enough to understand that we don’t disregard all political systems, police forces, medical practices and judicial systems because there are some bad eggs.
If someone is looking for an excuse to deny Christ, this is as good as any. But it is illegitimate and very dangerous. It’s like saying: Because some people are betrayers like Judas, I will become a betrayer like Judas.
Furthermore, those who take this excuse ignore the incredible good done by believers throughout Christian history. For an exhaustive study of this issue, I suggest the wonderful book What if Jesus Had Never Been Born by D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe.
In summary, these are indeed three reasons to reject Christ. The problem is they are all tragically short-sighted.