When Proof is Overrated

Can you imagine living a life that required absolute certainty before making any decisions?  Just going to the grocery store would involve an agonizing process of figuring out the probabilities of safety in getting there and back.  Life would all but grind to a halt, proving that a world of total assurances is not the world in which we live or one in which we were ever meant to live.  Most people acknowledge this, yet still demand absolute certainty in the area of religious things.  This is dishonest. They don’t live this way in business or family or even safety.  They know that just like God doesn’t grant total mathematical certainty in other areas of life such as finance and health, then He won’t grant it in the area of religion, either.  Still, they hold out for proofs that even they themselves know are unreasonable.

There is an assumption that overwhelming mountains of evidence will solve the faith problem.  The data suggests that such proof is overrated.  Satan was an angel of God and knew 1000% that God existed.  Yet he still went the other way.  The nation of Israel saw God raze Egypt to the ground with plagues, was led through a parted sea and then saw God visibly leading them by day in a pillar of cloud and by night in a pillar of fire.  Yet the people still fell into idolatry.  These cases and many others demonstrate that it is not the abundance of evidence that counts, but the abundance of honesty and actions toward the evidence one has gathered.  Some say, “The evidence I have amassed points toward a non-theism. If I am honest, as you are recommending, then I must become an atheist.”  Then I would ask, “What is your source material of that evidence?  The Discovery channel?  The DaVinci Code?”  Christians believe in the existence of God and the Bible as the Word of God and that Jesus is the Son of God based on a broad range of disciplines from scientific to philosophical.  No, they do not make an air tight case (nor can anyone else in our world), but they do make a plausible case for faith, as we will go on to see in the coming weeks.

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