Yes, Jesus is God! I believe the honest, inquiring heart will find here abundant evidence of that fact.
Unbelief in Christ and the Bible is not based on learning; it is based on sin. Modernists, Unitarians, infidels are not that because they are intelligent; they are that because they are rebels. When a man does not believe in Christ, it is not an honest, “I cannot,” but it is a stubborn, “I will not.” Jesus said: “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God” (John 3:19-21). Here is the real explanation of all the unbelief in the world. Unbelief is grounded primarily in the will that is against God, not in the intelligence. There are no scientific or historical or philosophical facts which can make any honest inquirer turn from the Bible or from Christ. If men believe a system of thought and doctrine which denies the truth of the Bible and the deity of Christ, some wicked motive (an “evil heart of unbelief,” as Hebrews 3:12 says), either consciously or unconsciously, entered into the decision to doubt and made them susceptible to temptation.
Hence the way to deal with unbelief is to deal with it as sin. The problems of infidelity are problems of the heart, not primarily of the mind. And that means that the way to deal with unbelievers is to preach to them the Word of God, preach to them as Christ-rejecting sinners who need salvation.
I learned from D. L. Moody and R. A. Torrey that infidels and atheists can often be won by compelling them honestly to face the Word of God. The late Mr. George Soltau says that D. L. Moody, about 1883, in East London reserved the giant tabernacle one Monday night for “atheists, skeptics and free-thinkers of all shades.” Five thousand such men, led by Charles Brad- laugh, filled the hall and Moody preached to them. Soltau says: “From that night till the end of the week nearly two thousand men were swung out from the ranks of the foe into the army of the Lord, by the surrender of their will.” The atheists’ clubs never recovered their footing in England thereafter. (See “Mr. Moody and the Free-Thinkers”)
Dr. R. A. Torrey won many an atheist and has given detailed suggestions for dealing with such unbelievers.
Christians should not be afraid of modernists. I remember how startled I was to read Tom Paine’s Age of Reason and to find that the book, as first published, was written without the author’s seeing or referring to either a Bible or Testament! Without any investigation of the Bible, Paine culled from other infidels what he could of argument against the Book he had never read but hated! Later he found it necessary to write a second part, and Is he says: “Under these disadvantages, I began the former part of the Age of Reason; I had, besides, neither Bible nor Testament to refer to, though I was writing against both; nor could I procure any: notwithstanding which, I have produced a work that no Bible believer, though writing at his ease, and with a library of Church books about him, can refute.” (!!!) And this second part of the book, written after he got out of jail in Luxembourg and with the Bible before him, abounds in mistakes and evidences of ignorance! You may be sure that unbelief always, in infidels, in the church or out, comes from bad hearts, without a solid foundation of fact.
Only one thing does an honest unbeliever need in order to learn the truth about whether or not Jesus is God. He needs an humble, inquiring heart, hungry for truth and righteousness which will cause him to investigate the claims of Christ and the Bible. One who does not have such an attitude of heart may scorn this book. Those who want to know the truth will, we trust, read it with real profit and pleasure. I hope that this book may be put into the hands of modernists, atheists and agnostics everywhere. It goes forth with much prayer.
These chapters were originally published in The Sword of the Lord of which I have the honor of being editor. I was impelled to put them into a book when one young pastor, trained in the schools of modernism, wrote how he had been gloriously restored to the faith of his childhood by some of these articles, and begged me to have them printed to strengthen other ministers who had been mistaught but were hungry for the truth.
May all who love the dear Lord Jesus be true to His gospel! And “if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed” (Gal. 1:9). Yes, Jesus Christ is God!
In His dear name,
JOHN R. RICE