Have you ever noticed that the most brilliant people in our world, not only today, but throughout history, generally are not Believers? Many well known Atheists, such as Richard Dawkins or Annie Gaylor, are, in fact, quite genius. Other more well known geniuses are or were, perhaps not atheist, but not Believers. Albert Einstein, for instance, was not an atheist; rather, he said he believed in the “pantheistic” god; basically, that the universe is god and that god is the universe, and everything in it. He was also known as an agnostic. In his own words, “An attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual understanding of nature and of our own being.” But, he was not a Christian Believer.
Today, there is a popular Youtube channel called Vsauce. The videos it uploads are educational, funny, and deep-thinking. I find most of them to be quite interesting, and they seem fairly accurate. But, they are not Christians. Their frequent references to evolution and the age of our planet makes this quite evident. Yet, these people seem to be geniuses. So, why is this? Why do the intelligent people always seem to be non-Believers? Are we missing something here? The answer is no. We are not missing anything, except maybe the cause of unbelief. What is this cause? The Bible tells us quite plainly, actually.
Jeremiah 49:16. “As for the terror of you, the arrogance of your heart has deceived you, O you who live in the clefts of the rock, Who occupy the height of the hill. Though you make your nest as high as an eagle’s, I will bring you down from there, declares the Lord.” The arrogance of your heart has deceived you. Arrogance and pride. That is the number one cause for unbelief in America. We all think we are so smart. We think we know it all. We let our pride blind us to the Truth. You have all heard of the ABC’s of believing, right? Admit it, we’ve all been to a Vacation Bible School at least once in our lives. The ABC’s, though, are not easy. Let’s look at A. Admit. When was the last time you wanted to admit something? Admitting is defined as “confessing to be true or to be the case, typically with reluctance.” Why with reluctance? Because admitting generally means humbling yourself. Admitting that you were wrong, or that you did something you know you should not have. Admitting is a humbling experience. No one wants to admit something. We want to keep our pride, our feeling of “we know everything and do everything right”. Admitting you are wrong totally kills that pride. All humans, by our sinful nature, are prideful. But, chief among us are the intelligent. The geniuses. These people are highly intelligent, and have probably been told so their entire life. They therefore have a higher view of themselves, and think they are always right. So if you think admitting is hard for us, imagine how they feel about it. They can’t be wrong, so they refuse to admit that they are wrong.
Every atheist, every liberal professor, every non-believer has a pride problem. They refuse to admit they are wrong, and therefore cannot accept that there is a God, a greater power. They want to believe that we humans are supreme, that we are the most intelligent, and that they are the chief among us, that they absolutely refuse to believe in a greater power. They try so hard to find evidence of anything that could possibly disprove God, that they don’t even look at the possibility that God really does exist. They refuse the truth. But, there is more. They don’t realize they are doing this. An atheist reading this is probably scoffing, knowing that they have evidence to prove me wrong, and that they certainly know better than me. But that is exactly the thinking I’m talking about. They refuse to admit they are wrong, and they don’t even realize they are doing it. This subtle pride is implanted into all of us before birth, by the Deceiver.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Don’t underestimate your enemy”? That is exactly what we humans do. We think of the Devil, of Satan, as some horned, red-skinned demon who runs around causing havoc and sin. This is not at all what he, in reality, does. He is called a “Thief in the night, who comes to steal and destroy.” He is called the Liar, the Deceiver. But have we ever really thought about these names? The Deceiver. That implies subtlety, does it not? He and his minions often disguise themselves as Angels of light, not darkness. He hides sin in what seems harmless. He hides pride behind intelligence. And from that pride comes unbelief.
So, no, we are not missing anything. In fact, it is these brilliant thinkers who are missing something. They are missing the truth because they cannot see beyond their own pride, a pride so cleverly disguised as intelligence. But how many of us are no different? Even if we have accepted Jesus into our lives, how many of us think we know better than Jesus? How many of us insist on going our own way, our own path, rather than obeying the Word of Law that God has laid down for us? Because the Deceiver is clever. Do not think he only goes after unbelief. No, he hides pride behind many things, ranging from intelligence to religion. He does not necessarily want you to stop believing. He just wants to confuse what it is you believe in, or make your own way sound better than the way you supposedly believe in. He wants to subtly deceive you, twist the truth just enough in your eyes that you think you are believing and obeying God, when in fact, you are believing and obeying yourself.
Jeremiah 7:8-10. “Behold, you trust in deceptive words to no avail. Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known,and then come and stand before Me in this house, which is called by My Name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’—only to go on doing all these abominations?“