Is Proof Desirable?

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series.

An atheist at a Christian-outreach party talking to the Christian who invited her there

Uma: That was a nice little speech, but I don’t think it had a whole lot of substance. I’m going to take a lot of convincing before I agree to most of what he said.

Vince: I understand. Throughout the history of Christianity, it’s always been that way.

Uma: Don’t you think that it’s harder for Christians today to spread the word than it was way back when? Like in the first century?

Vince: Why would it be? There have always been doubters and there always will be

Uma: I can see how people would believe in Jesus back when he was alive. If I take everything you people are saying at face value, it sounds like he was performing miracles all the time. It would be easy to believe with that kind of evidence right in front of you.

Vince: Those were simpler times, and God had to do spectacular things to spread the Word. Today, we still have the evidence of those miracles, and we have the opportunity to show our faith in God without needing Him to prove himself all over again.

Uma: The miracles in the Bible took place so long ago that I have to be skeptical about them. It would be a lot easier if God did some new ones now so I could believe.

Vince: You can’t ask God to do that for you. The Bible says that you can’t put God to a test, and demanding a miracle before you believe is attempting to test God. God wants His people to come to him like little children, with open hearts and minds, and to believe in Him without any proof other than the miracle of the resurrection.

Uma: Wouldn’t a lot more people become Christians if God continued to do miracles?

Vince: Maybe, but it would be an easy sort of conversion. God wants you to give yourself wholly over to Him, and if there were miracles all the time, you wouldn’t do that. You’d just believe because of miracles.

Uma: Why would it matter why someone believes? Isn’t the important thing that everyone knows the truth?

Vince: The important thing is that God wants people to be saved. You can’t be saved if you believe without opening your heart to God and believing in him without question.

Uma: Isn’t unquestioning belief dangerous? I mean, if there are a bunch of different religions asking me to believe without questioning, how do I know I’m picking the right one?

Vince: Look in your heart. The answer is there.

Uma: Right now my heart is telling me to be wary of anyone who’s asking me to join a group without thinking about it too hard.

Vince: That’s your mind getting in the way of your inner knowledge. If you can’t easily let that go, then read the Bible or look around you at the miracle of creation for all the proof you’ll ever need that God exists. No false religion has that kind of proof.

Uma: So it’s okay to use reason to see that Christianity is the one religion that isn’t false?

Vince: Of course.

Uma: But if I can use reason for that, why can’t you use reason to prove to me that God exists?

Vince: You have to trust in God.

Uma: Before I trust in God, don’t I have to believe in Him in the first place?

Vince: Yes. Just open your heart and you’ll see that he’s real.

Uma: I don’t think that’s going to work for me. This is just another pretty speech that isn’t going anywhere.

 


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Posted on March 3, 2014 at 9:05 pm by ideclare · Permalink
In: Conversations

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  1. Written by Joakim Rosqvist
    on March 5, 2014 at 11:31 am
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    So what if God did perform a miracle, i.e. a violation of normal cause-effect rules? Is that a reason to believe? Well, normal cause-effect rules says one should believe in something that has proven itself to exist, but we have just learned that those rules are not always followed…

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