In which is no proof

by Craig on December 28, 2012

 

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The skeptic criticized me for saying…

“I believe. I have faith.
We have no proof of the existence of God.
We believe. We don’t know. We can’t prove.”

He thought this meant that my faith was weak.
My faith isn’t weak. It’s the strongest thing I possess.

This is part of my series on my discussions with a skeptic, which started here.

Anyway…

where proof is possible…

faith is impossible.

We can’t believe something we can prove. We can only accept it or deny it. And if there’s proof, denying it is senseless – although it still can be done. I’ve done it. But the truth is that we cannot prove the existence of God, heaven, hell, angels, Satan or demons.

I watched the movie “Miracle on 34th Street” – a Christmas favorite.

At the end of the movie, in the trial scene, they produced as evidence that Kris Kringle was Santa Claus, stacks upon stacks of letters that were addressed to Santa Claus at the North Pole.

And it struck me – it was evidence, not proof.

The letters were written by kids, to a person they thought existed. Though it was a clever plot maneuver – it wasn’t proof that the white bearded man who worked at Macy’s was Santa Claus.

It was evidence…
shaky evidence at that…
but what it was not – was proof.

The case was decided because the Judge, who was up for re-election, chose against making a very unpopular decision – not because of the evidence, which was not proof anyway.

There is no absolute proof that God exists.
But there is a veritable ton of excellent evidence.

I believe that when we see God face to face…
that’s when the proof will be eternally submitted.

every knee shall bend before me,
and every tongue shall give praise to God.
(ROM 14:11)

There won’t be argument…
but there will also be no faith.

When it comes to faith and doubt…
where proof is possible, faith is impossible.

We will have our proof. For some it will be too late to benefit from that proof, for others, they will have passed beyond the point of faith to the point of knowledge.

In the meantime we believe…

we have evidence for faith…

we don’t have absolute proof…

and that’s not weakness of faith…

That. Is. Faith.

There is more. Please come back.

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Martha Orlando December 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm

You have quoted one of my favorite sentiments here, Craig. And, you are so right – we have evidence upon which we base our faith and will only have proof when we stand before the Lord.
This was a wonderful post, my friend. I am looking forward to the next one!
Blessings always!

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Debbie December 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Thank you for boosting our faith, for strengthening us, today! God bless you and keep you , Craig. So good to read you again.

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A. December 31, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Craig, I am looking forward to your next post. I heart how you explained in this one.

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Katie December 31, 2012 at 11:13 pm

“When it comes to faith and doubt…
where proof is possible, faith is impossible.”

Thank you for this. I choose faith again. I choose faith instead of proof, like I have been wanting.

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