J. C. Ryle (1816-1900)

The Real Reason People Reject the Bible

Be very sure of this:  People never reject the Bible because they cannot understand it. They understand it too well; they understand that it condemns their own behavior; they understand that it witnesses against their own sins, and summons them to judgment. They try to believe it is false and useless, because they don’t like to believe it is true. An evil lifestyle must always raise an objection to this book. Men question the truth of Christianity because they hate the practice of it.

taken from: Thoughts for Young Men.