To understand the Word of God, and understand who the God presented by Jesus Christ and Christians across the world really is, requires personal movement and motivation. It requires the desire and the will to truly understand, even at risk of damaging one’s own beliefs.
That isn’t what I am seeing, though. I see a lot of accusations against Christianity within the various non-believing demographics, condemnation of belief in Jesus Christ without any personal understanding or grasp of who Jesus Christ is or what it is to know Him. Without understanding, these accusations oppose wrongly. To borrow a demonstration, how can one determine the flavor of an apple from just watching someone else eat it? One must take the bite themselves to know how the apple tastes. Living a life in relationship with the Lord, Jesus Christ, is no different. Its beneficence cannot be determined from a merely observational standpoint.
When non-believers accuse and oppose Christians and condemn Christianity, how many are doing so because of what they have read (with understanding) personally in the Bible? How many are opposing Christianity because they have read the Bible, understood its contexts, and genuinely don’t like what the Word of God has shown to them? If this happens among non-believers, it is among the minority. The general standpoint of non-believers places condemnation upon Christianity not because of a personal grievance with the doctrine, but because of a personal grievance with its representatives. The non-believing world has not tasted the apple. The non-believing world has not experienced life with Jesus Christ, and yet they assume they can judge and condemn it all the same. Claiming science as superior to faith, as just one example, those who hold to the thought would be surprised to find themselves putting the cart before the horse, so to speak, by fabricating results without the test – judgments about faith in Jesus Christ without the understanding-earning experience that must come before it.
To those who don’t believe, I encourage you to analyze your reasons for doing so. Are you opposed because of the doctrine of God or because of people? People, even at their best, are still people and imperfect and thus, to come to a conclusion about perfect God through the lens of imperfect man is to create an incomplete picture. Understanding cannot be perceived or even approached from the outside. You can’t gain understanding by observation from afar alone. That only allows for the furthering of preconceived notions and judgments. Pursue faith actively and genuine understanding will be given. Read God’s Word, the Bible, for yourself and come to your own conclusions about Jesus Christ.
A lot of people would think Picasso’s work was in error unless it was put in the proper context. Just like you can’t make a decision about his art based on the ocular experience of someone else, you can’t determine the beneficence of Jesus Christ until you “step out on the water” with Him and genuinely give Him a chance to show Himself to you.