Not Enough Evidence?
One of the common challenges I receive from people in my encounters is that my Christianity is an emotional crutch. It helps me to sleep at night, it’s a convenient explanation to children’s questions about life and death, and the more aggressive will claim it’s an institution of power and control to steal people’s money (which in the case of unbiblical ‘Christianity’ – I could agree to some extent).
If this was true, I wouldn’t be convinced either. But speaking for myself and what I think represents Biblical Christianity, truth is what is to be sought. Not what might improve or not improve my life. Not what ‘works’ or what doesn’t seem to work. If the truth is uncomfortable, I want to know it no matter the consequences.
At this point, I won’t even discuss relative truth because it is ridiculous. Truth, is what is real – what corresponds to reality. And we’re all looking for that – mostly. Just because I may choose to disbelieve in gravity, that doesn’t cause me to float away as one of my pastors likes to point out. And as I like to point out – people who claim that truth is not universal still look both ways before they cross the street. So it is with analyzing various worldviews. If you believe all worldviews are equally valid in essence, you may as well continue on to another website.
In discussing principles such as these with the atheist/skeptic, they often concede, ‘Okay, I agree there is such a thing as truth, and there may even be a god somehow. But if I stand before the God of the Bible, I will just say he never gave me enough evidence to believe.’
That actually raises a good question – has He?
Because of irreducible complexity, the second law of thermodynamics, fossil records…? Sure, in some ways… but I believe these are more a demonstration of God’s glory which is to be admired and perhaps some useful evidence to further bolster biblical history. But that isn’t the main thing. It isn’t the main evidence or ‘proof’.
The fact is, the evidence of God is reflected in our experience – especially our ability to reason, to experience and use logic, and to know truth. Only the Christian worldview provides the preconditions of intelligibility.
An atheist will often ask, ‘show me some physical evidence that God exists!’. Okay – everything.
Consider the opposing worldview. There is only physical matter, which we cannot provide the origin of. In order for this worldview to be true, it must be consistent within itself, and with our experience. This is because I’m operating under the established premise: truth is what is real.
Consider now, our experience. We have minds. We reason – with the ability to reject falsehood and embrace truth. We experience the concrete laws of logic (such as the law of non-contradiction for instance) which are universal (affect everyone and everything), immaterial, and unchanging. Furthermore – we have a moral conscience which influences our actions to varying degrees, but is experienced by everyone nonetheless. Things exist. Life exists – not just physical matter such as rocks, air and water, but there is animation to our being.
In the naturalistic worldview, our reasoning is a result of chemical reactions in the brain, influenced by our interactions and predispositions. In this worldview, whose reasoning can be objectively ‘true’ or ‘false’? What is the final standard by which we can determine this? Who are we to say one’s person’s chemical reaction is ‘true’ and the other ‘false’?
This being said, the truth or falsehood of one’s reasoning is accounted for in Scripture. People are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26), which provides us with knowledge of truth and falsehood (Proverbs 9:10). God and his word (John 17:17) provide the standard of truth, and by extension we experience that.
One worldview can make coherent sense of our experience, and it isn’t naturalism. I always find it ironic how Christianity is painted as a pie-in-the-sky pipe dream, yet the critics themselves rest on such an insufficient worldview.
It’s fine if you want to be a naturalist. The Bible says that men will go to all lengths of irrationality in order to not worship him. In fact, it says the reason we experience the effects of ‘futile thinking’ (Romans 1:21) is because God is righteous, we’re not, and we do not want to submit to Him. It’s so much easier to throw flak in the air so we can continue in sin (Romans 1:29-31). We can continue to lie, covet, lust, commit adultery, steal, hate, and be greedy if we suppress our conscience in this manner (Romans 1:24-25).
The good news is that God welcomes all who will come to him. For those who are honest with themselves – realizing their imperfection would not stand before a righteous judgment (Hebrews 9:27), Jesus is a perfect Saviour who covers all of their sin. Indeed, he washes them white as snow.
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. If you are willing and obedient you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah 1:18-20)
“…Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Acts 2:21)
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