All of us want to be able to peak behind the curtain don’t we? Who is the man behind all of creation, how can we ever get to know him? Atheists and even Christians have so many questions as to how to better present proof for Gods existence. Some of the worlds greatest theologians have done their best to point us in the direction of proof for the existence of a creator. Some of the arguments are great, some of them not so satisfactory.
I dare say I’m going to add anything new to the game, but I believe that proof for Gods existence is already here. I prefer to come at it from a different angle, that is to say we need to not look for something but get rid of something in order to be able to see it. When you’re trying to look at something with muddied glasses you take them off, clean them, and put them back on again. That’s the approach required here.
You see, it’s not the proof that is the problem, there’s plenty of that, it’s the person being presented with the proof that is the problem. We need to work on you, not the proof. Here’s a bit from scripture regarding the unbelief of the Jews.
Though they had been present when he gave so many signs, they did not believe in him;John:12:37
Remember, it’s important to note that these were the same Jews who always asked the Lord for signs so he could prove himself as the Messiah. When they got their wishes granted and shown signs and miracles that bent the laws of nature, they refused to believe. And these were religious people supposedly open to the concept of God and miracles.
Why did they refuse to believe? Later in the passage we read that Jesus had purposefully hardened their hearts. An interesting discussion flowering there on the issue regarding free will, but I won’t entertain that one just now. However, lets focus on the fact that their hearts were hardened. Pride restricted them from their ability to accept the proof offered them. Have you ever had that happen you before? Of course you did.
Lets move away from religion and recall some difficult conversations we engaged in. I remember holding one belief and then being shown the right path with demonstrable evidence I was wrong. Instead of admitting my fault I refused to believe the person. I always placed some sort of hope in myself that they could be wrong and I’ll soon find the answer through some source or other. The answers given were unsatisfactory. I was full pride.
What makes the atheist any different? He asks for proof, but it must be proof that is satisfactory to him. But when confronted with the satisfactory evidence of an apparition of Christ, what will he do next? Or in the case of the Pharisees what will the atheist do when confronted with a supernatural healing?
The Pharisees used to say it’s through devils Jesus was healing people. That’s the theological explanation while the atheist behaves the same way only he searches for a scientific explanation. “It’s all a figment of my imagination, there must be some sort of pscyhological factors at play here.” The supernatural healing they witnessed is some sort of 1 in a million chance of pure luck.
You know what is stopping us from accepting the proof? It’s not proof because it’s always there. Pride. It is our hardened hearts that is the problem. If we get rid of the hardened heart then it makes seeing and accepting easier. This is why I do believe that believing in God, I mean REALLY believing not just an intellectual acceptance of the existence of God, requires Grace. Faith is a grace obtained only by the seeker. For he who seeks always finds says the Lord. When he will find is a matter for the Lord to decide because believing is a grace found only by he who seeks.
But the man with the hardened heart, may have the appearance of a seeker, his hardened heart proves him to be anything but a seeker. While he may guarantee his belief if the demands for signs he asks for are met, we all know that under that guise is a hardened heart who will be unlikely to accept it when given what he wants. That’s what happened the Pharisees, they were given what they wanted and still refused to believe.
But what about St.Thomas? He asked for proof Christ had risen from the dead and it was given to him. But St.Thomas was in a humble disposition to believe mostly imparted to him by Christ who later reprimanded his behaviour of asking for visible proof. St.Thomas could have turned around if he was stubborn like the Pharisees and said, “I don’t believe, you were just lucky and were alive all along.” He’d come up with various explanations like he’s having some sort of mental breakdown and so on.
No, believing in God requires much more than visible proof (which is already there). Belief in God requires humility and faith. Proof requires a seeker, not someone indifferent to the proof he requests. He receives the proof and yet refuses to believe, that’s not a seeker, it’s a hardened heart. Humility, humility, humility, faith, faith, believe and trust in the sensible arguments and proof presented to you
This is the way.