No Way to Prove

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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!

Biased Sources

“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:30–31) - As with some of the other theories, the objection that we should not believe in the resurrection as the authors of the New Testament were biased fails to deal adequately with the fact that they were willing to die for this ‘bias’. It doesn’t account for the empty tomb. No, this ‘bias’ is no reason not to listen. We are all, in the end, biased.

He is Going Before You

“Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” (Mark 16:6-7) - Here is the great challenge of Easter, the great fact which rings down the ages. Christ is alive, and calls us to relate to him as the living God. Through his death he gave us the way to have our sins forgiven, and though his resurrection he calls us to a living relationship. Will you follow that same path? Place your trust in him, have him earn forgiveness of your sins and then follow him as your living saviour? He has gone ahead - so go and join him!

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