Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time,” recently spouted “this is a stupid country” because 60% of Americans believe in the Biblical narrative of Noah.
Regarding the upcoming movie “Noah”, Maher ranted that the Bible story was false and “immoral.” “It’s about a psychotic mass murderer who gets away with it and his name is God,” declared the avowed atheist.
“What kind of tyrant kills everyone just to get back at the few he’s mad at? Maher questioned.
I don’t watch his show, but did view about five minutes on-line of his rant against God, the Bible and Christians. He calls the Bible account “childish,” “made up” and “silly.” God’s name is profaned. And all the while the guests and audience roar with laugher during Maher’s mocking monologue.
Besides showing a contempt for God’s holiness and righteous judgment, the comedic critic displayed a predictable ignorance of the Bible.
Consider these Biblical facts.
(1) Wickedness was rampant all over the world.
“The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.” (Gen 6:5) People had turned against God. Morality. And Goodness. Evil prevailed. And was pervasive.
(2) People’s rebellion grieved God.
“The Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. (Gen 6:6)
God takes no delight in unrighteousness. He is holy. Just. And righteous. When we sin, God is hurt. “As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.” (Ezek 33:11)
(3) Only Noah and his family found favor with God.
Bill Maher may ridicule it, but I believe it. The Bible says, “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord….Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.” (Gen 6:8-9)
(4) God gave people time to repent
What’s often forgotten in this account, is that Noah not only built the ark, but was a “preacher of righteousness” (2 Pet 2:5). For 120 years God was longsuffering. He patiently gave people time to repent (1 Pet 3:20). But they refused. So, God’s judgment rained down upon the earth. Literally!
Unbelievers complain that God is unjust because “innocent” lives are taken in such judgments. Like Bill Maher they mock God. And ridicule Christians. Yet, another important point is missed.
When humankind sinned, death came as a result. We all sin. And we all die. (Rom. 5:12). Sometimes little children suffer the effect of their parents sins. Not the guilt. But the consequence.
Consider the depraved man who sexually abuses his children. Or a mother high on drugs who beats her baby to death. Or a drunken man who drives his car into an unsuspecting family and kills the father and children, leaving a heart-broken mother to mourn her loss. Whose fault is that? Not God’s!
Sin produces hurt. Heart-ache. Separation. And suffering. The world’s problems are not because of Christians who believe and practice the Bible’s teaching. We live in a broken, fallen world due to sin.
Satan’s hold on the hearts of ungodly men and women have given rise to all kinds of domestic, social and personal problems. Broken homes. Abused spouses. Neglected children. Dishonest politicians. Greedy business people. Hypocritical religious leaders. Men and women driven by carnal lusts and perverted desires. And of course, smug, profane and crude comedians who then blame God for the mess mankind has made!
If Bill Maher and those of his ilk want to get riled up about mass murders, how about directing their ire toward the shameful murders of over 55 million aborted babies?
The answer to our ills is only found in God’s grace. His gift of Jesus. And our acceptance of salvation. When we come to personally know God’s love, then we can exclaim, “God is good! All the time!”
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman