“You can’t put God in a test tube!”  Ironically, this saying has been used by believers and atheists alike. Believers would say that the Creator of the universe is invisible (Col 1:15) (1 Tim 1:17) and Almighty and cannot be reduced to something physical which can be experienced by human senses.  Atheists would scoff at this and proclaim that only that which is provable by scientific testing is real and believable.

Scoffers and the several synonyms have been around since the beginning of recorded history. These people make fun of, laugh at, mock, jeer, deride, taunt, ridicule and express scornful disapproval at someone or something which they consider beneath their ability or intelligence. Satan added lies to the mixture when he asked Adam and Eve, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” “You will not surely die, he said to the woman.” (Gen 3:1-4) Cain asked God, in what must have been a scoffing tone, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Throughout both the Testaments one can find this haughty and superior attitude.  Goliath scoffed at the God of Israel and called the boy David a dog right before the stone sank into his forehead (1 Sa 17:43&50).  King Jehoiakim scoffed at Jeremiah’s writings and cut them up and burned them (Jer 36:21).  During Jesus’ moments of agony on the cross the rulers of the Jews sneered at him (Lk 23:35).  In Athens when Paul tried to reason with the Greek philosophers, they called him a babbler (Acts 17:18).  Paul also spoke of the wicked people of his day as being “full of deceit, malice, slander, arrogance and boasting. “ (Rom 1:29-31) Peter warns that in the last days, “scoffers will come scoffing…”They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised?”. (2 Pe 3:3-4) For those who fail to repent, Peter states that they will be destroyed on the day of judgment. (2 Pe 3:7-9)

Perhaps you have also been mocked and scoffed at by the secular world when trying to contend for the faith. God tells us that all the so-called wisdom of scholars and philosophers is mere foolishness to Him (1 Cor 1:25-28).  Not that God scoffs at them, but He does seem to dismiss their pseudo-knowledge. When a Christian debates a scoffer, he or she must do it in humility and gentleness (Eph 4:2) ready to give an answer with gentleness and respect so that the scoffer may be ashamed of the slander (1 Pe 3:15-16).

–Jim Bailey