I’ve Got A Friend: Who Hates God

Brian Clark

I’ve Got A Friend: Who Hates God

I took a hiatus from a typical ministry for three years during the late 1970’s. During that time, Beth and I worked at a very large state operated home for neglected and abused children. We had, at any given time, about 200 kids on campus ranging in age from 4-19 years. I functioned as the Chaplain and saw many of the kids come to Christ.  It is so gratifying now to have them    contact me on Facebook and hear their stories as how Christ has made all the difference in   their lives. One big hurdle we had to overcome: when I would tell them how God was a      Heavenly Father, I had to quality that because most of them had fathers who were disgusting, violent and just plain evil. They hated their fathers and some carried that hatred over to God.

Monday…I have had many conversations with many people who say they hate God. Their   reasons vary and we will look at some of those reasons in this article. I have asked many times   of those who say they hate God if they are careful to give God credit for the good in their lives. They blame Him for the bad; do they give Him credit for the good? Philippians 4:6,7 will go a long way towards helping us have a proper attitude towards God.  I Corinthians 15:57 will also help  us think correctly about our Heavenly Father as we realize He gives us victory over every     circumstance. Share these verses and concepts with your friends who think they ‘hate’ God.

Tuesday…It has been my unhappy lot to talk with many children and teens who have had    abusive fathers. Some of the things I have heard and dealt with defy imagination. I can well understand how they would hate authority, especially paternal authority. When we realize, though, that authority…Biblical authority…involves protection, we see authority in a whole new light. If you have a friend who struggles with their feelings toward God, share these verses: Psalms 19:7-9; Psalm 119. Don’t panic over reading and sharing Psalm 119. I know it’s long (the longest chapter in the Bible), but it is packed with wonderful insights into God’s rules…which are for our own good.

Wednesday…It is a difficult concept to grasp, but we live on a cursed, fallen planet. Genesis 3  is one of the most important chapters in your Bible because it details the events of The Fall.   God made a perfect world. Mankind chose in the Garden (and has chosen ever since) to flaunt the laws of God. Now, our planet bears the marks and results of sin. Disease, injury, damaging storms, difficulty with work and death are just a few of the results of man’s sins. The answer is Christ. He is the only answer. When people blame and hate God, it is usually true that they  expected more out of life.  The fact is that we will have trouble in this life. Jesus had something  to say about this.  John 16:33 will be a good verse to share with a friend or family member who may hate God because of some tragedy they have suffered.

Thursday…I  witnessed an extraordinary event when I was 18 years old and working on the railroad. I saw a man shake his fist at the sky and curse God. I had never seen anything like that before or since. The work train we were on had been delayed. His son had just been in a terrible car wreck the week before and he was at the end of his rope. Here is one takeaway from that: he may have thought he hated God at the moment, but God did not hate him. God understood and wanted that man in His forever family. If you have acquaintances who believe they hate God, assure them that He understands. His grace really is amazing and He wants them to come to Him for comfort and assurance. II Corinthians 12:8-9 are worth your time to read and meditate on.

Friday…Do you have anyone with whom you can share anything? I mean anything.  Anything at all. Those friends are rare indeed! Think of God that way. He knows you inside and out. If you are angry with Him, even if you think you hate Him, go to Him. I can tell you truthfully that if   one of my kids or grandkids got angry with me for whatever reason, they could always come     to me and tell me anything. Because of my love for them, I would not take offense. Same with God. Read the conversion of Saul of Tarsus in the book of Acts and remember that he was active in the killing of Christians. Yet, God used him to write 40 per cent of your New Testament!

by Dale Holzbauer