In this article I would like to demonstrate the disasterous results of being a mocker/scoffer in life, especially if you are a mocker of God. I do not know if you have read much about the atheist Christopher Hitchens but I have and I would like to warn other atheists about the dangers of mocking God. Mr. Hitchens’ friend, Richard Dawkins should pay very close attention to what Mr. Hitchens is experiencing at the moment. The previously mentioned Mr. Hitchens wrote a book, God is not great, which has made him very rich by mocking God and Christians, as well as all religious people. I just want to show the connection between what God says in His Word about mockers, how they act, and what awaits them because of their mocking ways and what is happening to Mr. Hitchens at the moment. I am not judging him, just stating the facts from a Biblical perspective. My prayer is that he will come to his senses and repent of his ways before the cancer ends his life so that he can stand before God as a sinner cleansed through the blood of Christ.
The Bible explains why mockers are the way that they are, what motivates them. Let us look at one short passage from the Bible that will shed light on their actions.
“Scoffer” is the name of the arrogant, haughty man who acts with arrogant pride. (Proverbs 21:24)
Mockers do what they do out of arrogance, out of their haughtiness and pride. When a person is prideful he is puffed up, but with air, which means that there is no substance, like a large balloon which can pop at any moment and be worth nothing. This is why mockers scoff at other people, because they (scoffers) have no substance to them and they know that so they put others down to lift themselves up. Most people do not like scoffer because they are irritating and destructive, full of criticism and cynicism. In fact here is what the Bible says:
The devising of folly is sin, and the scoffer is an abomination to mankind. (Proverbs 24:9)
An abomination is something that is disgusting, repelling, and repulsive. If you are a mocker/scorner then you are repulsive to the people around you. This is the way Mr. Hitchens is in his arguments against God and religious people. If you saw his debate with Tony Blair in Toronto then you saw how his mocking ways and repulsive attitude.
Here is how God looks at a scoffer/mocker:
“How much longer will you enjoy being stupid fools? Won’t you ever stop sneering and laughing at knowledge? (Proverbs 1:22)
God looks at a mocker, no matter how intelligent he feels that he is, as a stupid fool. I know that this statement may be hard to accept but think about it, the one who mocks his creator has to be a fool. This is exactly what Mr. Hitchens does in his books and lectures. Mr. Hitchens claims to be an intellect who enjoys learning but God calls him one who laughs at knowledge, a fool.
Mr. Hitchens openly attacks God and His character because he does not know God personally. If he were to know God personally then he would not act this way. He also does not know what God has already planned for him. God tells us in advance the consequences of being a mocker:
Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways, for the devious person is an abomination to the LORD, but the upright are in his confidence. The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous. Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor. The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace. (Proverbs 3:31-35)
Again we see a mocker is an abomination but this time to the Lord as well as to people. He is wicked in what he does and he is a fool because of what awaits his evil ways. He is cursed as well as his household. Why would God curse those of his household? What do you think a mocker teaches his children and those who live with him? They act as he does and receive his punishment as well. He will be a disgrace. If we look at Mr. Hitchens’ lifestyle and the disgrace that it is when do not have to search for the connection with what the Word of God has already said. As his life is wasting away he still has a chance to humble himself and return to God.
What should you do if you are surrounded by mockers and scoffers? The Bible says the following:
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers (Psalm 1)
Do not hang around them because they will influence you and you will not be blessed/satisfied in life as they themselves are not satisfied.
What is the hope for mockers? The golden verse of the Bible says:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
If you are a mocker then you need to believe in Jesus Christ, admit your prideful arrogance, turn away from it and turn to God in humbleness. Allow Him to forgive you and make you a new person.