When people see evil done in the name of Christianity they often think this means the Christian God is disproven. And as a former atheist I understand why.
The Bible Actually Says Jesus Chose Judas
And I now also see something not everyone, including some believers recognize. This Christian God is the same one that chose Judas as a disciple.
“Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!” (John 6:70)
Why would Jesus do this? Honestly I don’t know. But it is something the Bible prepares us for…
This is What we Should Expect
“But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” (2 Cor. 11:14, NLT)
“It is not surprising, then, if his [Satan’s] servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness.” (2 Cor. 11:15, NIV)
Paul was not surprised there were hypocritical “Christians” because he knew Satan’s plan is to disguise himself as a Christian.
When I see a Christians and associate it with the past or present evils done in the name of Christianity, I sometimes think, “maybe that is Judas.” Maybe the person who did that evil in the name of Christianity is like Judas.
It Doesn’t Disprove the Christian God
People misusing the name of Christ is something the bible warns us about. We are told that this is how Satan works, we are told Jesus even chose someone who he knew was a “devil” to be a disciple.
If we didn’t see people misusing Christianity it should be more surprising if Christianity is actually true. Logically speaking, it seems to rather be what we should expect if the Christian God exists rather than refute it.
The Christian God is Mysterious
The Christian God may be the most mysterious of all religions. We believe that there is literally a battle ongoing between Him and the devil. Perhaps that is why God allows people to misuse his name… it is like a tricky battle tactic to defeat Satan.
The worst of traitors that God, for some reason I don’t currently know, has permitted to use His name.
Science Doesn’t Always Know Why Either
But should we expect to know why God allows this? I don’t think so. Often in science we don’t know something about the universe. But that doesn’t me we think there is no answer. It just means we don’t know the answer.