Only believe in what you see?

Only believe what you can see?

If seeing is believing, how does that work with God? 

Mark Greenwood, Elim’s national evangelist, continues his series tackling tough questions

 A professor once asked me how I could believe in a God I couldn’t see. “I’m a scientist,” he said. “I only believe in things I can observe.” I asked him how we got here, to which he replied, “The Big Bang.” I asked, “Did it make you jump?” “What do you mean?” he replied. “Was it bright? Was it loud?” He replied, “I don’t know, I wasn’t there.” I told him I assumed he must have been because he only believed in things he could see! In fact, most people believe what they believe through hearing and reading and not actually seeing. It’s inconsistent logic then to say people have to see before they believe when it comes to God.

 Can’t be proved?

Imagine you’re a teacher and you notice two students kicking each other under the table. Everyone else is working so you’re the only one that sees them. “Stop that,” you say. “Stop what,” they reply. “Kicking each other,” you say. “We didn’t do anything,” they say, to which you reply, “I saw you with my own eyes.” “You can’t prove it,” they say. And they’re right… but it doesn’t change the fact that it happened. I once spent two weeks on jury service and we had to make our decision about the guilt (or innocence) of the defendant from the evidence we had in front of us. There were times when we didn’t have any scientific evidence but our legal system determined there is enough evidence simply on the testimony of a witness to decide what happened. You don’t have to have seen what happened to believe.

Read the full article in Direction Magazine


‘Most people believe what they believe through hearing and reading and not actually seeing.’

‘The universe is made up of billions of stars so vast and distant that continuous new discoveries astonish astronomers. If the thickness of a normal page were to represent the distance between the earth and the sun, a 23.6 metre stack of paper would be needed to represent the distance to our nearest star.’

‘You cannot apply scientific principles to proving God; you cannot get him into a test tube’

‘We all believe in things we have no firsthand evidence of and even what we do see has subjectivity about it’

This article is from the March 2017 issue of Direction Magazine. Order your copy today…

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