… Men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. John 3:19
I do not believe anyone has ever rejected Jesus Christ on philosophical grounds. Israel did not reject the Lord because of philosophical reasons. Israel’s rejection was for moral reasons.
The man who continues in his rejection of Christ has a pet sin somewhere—he’s in love with iniquity. He rejects Jesus on moral grounds, and then hides behind false philosophy—philosophical grounds.
I believe that every one of those who are having “intellectual difficulties” is hiding because he is morally reprobate. When we fall in love with our sin, we can imagine and manufacture 10,000 syllogisms to keep us away from the cross.
A blind man can argue that there is no sunshine, but when he gets his sight, the sunshine floods in!
How wonderful it is that when a person gives up his sin and puts his pride under his feet and looks at the light, the whole body and mind are flooded with light. I have talked with people who have come out of rationalism and atheism and all the rest—and they smile at you with clear eyes and say, “Oh, it is wonderful now; the light has flooded in.”
Jesus said, “For everyone that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light lest his deeds should be reproved.” This is the condemnation—that light is come into the world, and men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil. The natural man has a perverse antipathy to the light because it interferes with his iniquity!