No Way to Prove

Posted on 03rd April 2021 under The Rectory Bulletin | Easter

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

The final of the ten objections to the resurrection we have been considering over the past couple of weeks is a simple one. It’s the assertion that there’s simply no way to prove all this, and that miracles simply don’t happen.

Now, on the one hand I have to entirely agree. Miracles are not possible which, of course, is what makes them miracles in the first place! It is the very fact that they jar against the natural order which attracts attention, and then points that attention beyond natural causes.

Of course, the fact that miracles are viewed as impossible is itself a statement of faith. It assumes that the world around us is a closed system, and there is nothing outside it. It assumes that all that exists can be detected by humans, or by instruments designed by humans, and why should that be the case? Isn’t it a bit arrogant to assert that if something cannot be detected by a single species on the edge of the universe, then it cannot exist?!

To be honest, we all believe things which cannot be proven. Let me give you an example: where were you born? All you have to go on is second-hand information which might be made up. Birth certificates may contain mistakes, or be forged. You’ve relied on others to tell you who your parents are, and where your birth took place. You cannot prove these things, and yet you have no reason to disbelieve them. In the end they are a matter of faith. In the end you still exist!

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