But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. 2 Cor 4:3-4
If you say you believe in God but do and say things contrary to the nature of God, then do you really believe in God?
Take the case of the Christian minister and a Muslim mentioned last time. Technically both believe in the God of Abraham and the prophets. However if you say you believe and follow God but act against His word, then what does that say about their belief?
Jesus faced the same thing in the Jews of His day when they said they believed in God and Abraham.
Jesus responded by saying, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham. But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this. You do the deeds of your father.”
Then they said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father — God.”
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do.” John 8:39-44
Though they claimed to believe in God and Abraham, their actions contradicted their claims. Jesus called them children of the devil – whose mind the god of this age has blinded.
Mind you none are perfect in believing and following Christ. We may accept Him as Savior but believe differently as doctrinal differences take effect in our lives.
I think doctrine of man often covers up (veils) the message.