Today, we are looking at the final category of challenge to the place of Christianity in people’s lives, that of reasonableness. Many would argue that there is no intellectual credibility in accepting a belief system which speaks of miracles, angels and demons, a Resurrection and an after life.
Allegations of hocus pocus are quickly countered with stories of changed lives, yet atheists view this as emotionalism and the use of a belief system as a crutch. Not so fast.
As mentioned in the past couple of days, it is surely hard for the early church and contemporary Christians to all be wrong about the Bible’s claims. For many people, as G.K. Chesterton put it, Christianity hasn’t been tried and found wanting as much as it has largely been left untried.
Scientists offer answers to our origins that are no less religious than the Bible’s. They cannot identify a cause for the beginning of the universe and cannot identify the mechanism for turning inanimate matter into living things. Aside from many other problems with so-called evidence for evolution, these are pretty big. The burden of proof should not be on those who believe by faith, anyway, but on those who say they believe on the basis of evidence. What do they do when there isn’t enough? They claim that they have more than they do. Isolated links to not make up an evolutionary chain.
Finally, when miracles and exorcisms actually happen (and there are copious numbers all over the world) then a head-in-the-sand denial wears thin. Many people simply won’t engage because the claims seem so incredible and their life seems track along fine without faith. The problem is that life is a mere dot on the spectrum of eternity, for those who are prepared to admit that this eternity exists. For those who don’t, there is proof beyond reasonable doubt if they will look, as has been found by so many once-confirmed sceptic journalists, scientists and other professionals who are Christians today.