Sunday, 1 March 2009
Ultimately, only God can prove to the human heart that He exists. How would Jesus convince Richard Dawkins, or people of any other belief system for that matter, that they are wrong. I know Richard Dawkins is wrong in his belief. I say this with not one whit of arrogance because there is no physiological way I can prove to Richard that he is wrong. It just can't be done. We can debate back and forth 'til the cows come home and nothing will have changed.
There is no miracle, in the physical realm, that God could perform that can change a hardened heart. Sure, one might be convinced that God does in fact exist, but will anything have actually changed? If Richard Dawkins witnessed an undisputed miracle [from his perspective], scientifically verifiable and repeatable, would Richard be a changed person the next day? The simple answer is, "No." Even when Jesus performed miracles in the presence of religious leaders all they wanted to do was kill him for working on the Sabbath. Their hearts were hardened before they witnessed a miracle and their hearts were still hardened after they witnessed a miracle. Nothing had changed. Miracles are only a 'sign' to those who want to believe, to those who are seeking to know the truth.
So what gives?
The essential attribute of God that must be understood for belief is the attribute that cannot be seen, the attribute that cannot be scientifically proven, the attribute that can only be experienced by a grateful heart, is GRACE. Grace; the freely given, unmerited favour of God.
Until an atheist is willing to discuss the topic of grace there will never be any convincing.