Atheism, in it’s never-ending quest to destroy all things Christian, never ceases to amaze me. The fact is, their arguments really are not all that good. Most of them aren’t even clever. Take for example the video I’ve posted below.
This clip stands or falls based on the premise that “God will do anything we ask”. The idea is gleaned from Matthew 18:19-20. If this premise can be proven false, the video will cease to have any merit.
Here are the disputed verses placed into their proper context:
If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that BY THE MOUTH OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES EVERY FACT MAY BE CONFIRMED. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst. (NASB)
Those attacking Scripture often employ the tactic of cherry picking certain verses to their liking and ignoring the rest. Such is the case here. In context, we can see that the promise of Jesus here only applies to the situations in which church discipline is being administered. It does not mean that Jesus will cater and bow to every desire. In no way does this text suggest that God does anything we want Him to.
Elsewhere, Scripture points out that God is completely sovereign in all matters. Here are just a few verses to underscore my point:
Psalm 115:3 – But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.
Isaiah 46:10 – Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
Psalm 135:6 – Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.
God is not subject to our petty desires. He will do what He wants, regardless of what His subjects have to say about it. He may choose to appear to anyone at any time, or He may not to. It is completely up to Him. Where does this idea that God is a slave to the human will originate? Certainly not in reality.
I would very much like to challenge any atheist to produce evidence that God will do anything we ask of Him, when we ask of Him.