Peter_Singer_MIT_Veritas used under creative commons licenseIf you were to examine closely the thinking of anyone who rejects the Lord Jesus Christ–whether atheist, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, or any other religious system–you will find that the foundation of their mocking or scoffing at God’s Word is quite simple. The true reason behind their philosophy was exposed centuries ago in the Bible itself. Oddly enough, the Bible even hints at cliches some of the mockers and scoffers will even say when they make fun of God’s word.

The apostle Peter pretty much nailed it in 2 Peter 3 when he said:

…be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, (vv. 2-3)

Peter said we should know this first of all–scoffers scoff because they are walking after their own lusts. If the Bible tells us NOT to walk after our lusts, yet people don’t want to give up their various lusts, the first thing they’ll do is make fun of the Bible to encourage themselves in their lust. Based on that primary premise of their thinking, they are prompted to say things similar to what Peter warned us they would say in 2 Peter 3:4–

And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

If you have ever encountered a mocker, maybe they asked you, “How come Jesus hasn’t come back yet?” or something like that. It’s one of their favorite mocking questions. “Life just goes on like it always has for ages. People live then they die and the cycle continues,” according to them. That sort of reasoning is weak based on what Peter points out in verses 5 and 6 of the same chapter–

For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

They are willingly ignorant. The evidence of what God has done–from creation to the flood–is evidenced everywhere if one is willing to examine it. But their willful ignorance means they are ignoring the evidence (even when it’s scientific) on purpose. Why? Because they want to walk after their own lusts without hindrance. God, his word, and his people, and the evidence bring up that hindrance so they must embrace willful ignorance, making ignorance sound intelligent when it isn’t.

If they weigh the evidence to discover the Bible’s truth about creation and God’s first punishment of the whole Earth with a worldwide flood, then the truth of that proof means the other truth will happen, i.e. God will one day also punish the whole Earth and destroy it with fire (v. 7). Then Peter explains why we still await Jesus’ return and encourages us to stand fast on those promises in the rest of that chapter.

Another witness as to why mockers mock is Jude. He backs up what Peter said:

But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. Jude 17-19

For all of their talk of science, history, philosophy, and their perception of truth (religion included), the scoffers really don’t care about science, history, philosophy, or truth that may be found in any of those areas since they really only care about their ungodly lusts. The truth in all of those subjects would tend to back what the Bible says. For example, why great empires fell (corruption, sexual sins, greed, etc.) confirms what the prophets said.

Since God loves me enough to tell me the straight-up truth in his word and to confirm it in real life, like the prophet Jeremiah I would rather stick with him than be found among the mockers (Jer. 15:17).