Only what can be observed and explained in naturalistic terms can be true.
‘Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So, the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But (Thomas) said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
But do you have to see something before you believe in it? No. Dark matter is thought to exist in the universe, but it’s not been observed. Yet scientists believe that it’s there.
“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29
You don’t have to see God with your physical eyes to believe. I’ve never seen Alexander the Great, William Shakespeare or Napoleon but I don’t at all doubt that they existed.
Thomas Huxley, the great agnostic, attended a party at a country mansion. The guests stayed for several days. Sunday arrived and most of the guests prepared to go to church. Huxley being an agnostic didn’t get ready for church. Instead Huxley challenged a Christian guest saying,
“Suppose you don’t go to church today. Suppose you stay at home and you tell me quite simply what your Christian faith means to you and why you are a Christian.
“You’re a very clever man you could demolish my arguments in an instant. I’m not smart enough to argue with you” said the Christian guest.
“I don’t want to argue with you” said Huxley. “I just want you to tell me simply what this Christ means to you”.
The Christian didn’t go to church that morning he stayed at home and explained his faith in simple terms. When he had finished there were tears in Huxley’s eyes. He said
“I would give my right hand if only I could believe that.”
And so, it is. Some people can’t believe in the resurrection. Neither, can they believe in the Bible’s explanation of creation, the Virgin Birth and other truths revealed in Scripture. However, ignorance of the law is no excuse for anyone found guilty of committing an offence. Just because you didn’t read the ten commandments doesn’t let you off the hook if your guilty of breaking them. Unbelief is a sin
‘And when he the spirit of truth….. is come, he will reprove the world of sin…because they believe NOT on me;
There is honest doubt, exhibited by a true seeker desiring to have his questions about God resolved. Then there is hypocritical doubt, reflected by the person who continues to question long after the available evidence is made clear. The things of God become very clear to me but not until I was 25 years old learn more. https://bibleblogger.online/about/my-passion-story/
The indifferent person doesn’t care if the resurrection is true or not. He can’t see that it makes any claim on his life, and it isn’t on his list of priorities. He is simply not interested.
A wrong attitude towards God manifests a position of ignorance. It’s spiritual negligence. You can be liable if you’re not curious enough. This is evident in a serious case review which found that a lack of professional curiosity by social workers contributed to Oxfordshire council’s failure to identify the sexual exploitation of 373 girls. The professionals also blamed the victims for the abuse they suffered. Lack of curiosity can lead to negligence not just in professions but also in other spheres including religion.
A lack of curiosity with regards to Jesus Christ. Such offenders will blame others for their lack of belief saying things like (I don’t go to church because church is full of hypocrites). That may be but they’re not dammed hypocrites. They have a Saviour for their hypocrisy. Perhaps you should explore the Christian faith in more detail. It’s amazing what you can discover if you are curious enough.
You can even stumble on wonderful things by accident if you don’t throw away God’s truth. There’s a compelling story I know about a man who found a large black pebble weighing more than 5lbs on a beach near Abbotsbury. For the next ten years it was used as a door stop to the back door of his cottage. (He didn’t throw it away) One Sunday lunch time his wife asked him to sharpen the carving knife. Unable to locate his usual sharpening stone the husband decided to see whether the door stop had some other useful purpose in addition to its sheer weight.
It did. At first stroke of the blade on the pebble it became obvious that it was not made of stone. Later it was determined that the object was indeed made of silver and that it was a tarnished round ingot worth many thousands of pounds.
The man had to scratch below the surface to find his treasure. Perhaps you should investigate the Christian faith in more detail.
Some respond out of hostility to the resurrection. They make every effort to discredit it. A few even see it as their duty to write against the resurrection.
This response pleases God and leads to salvation of the soul and the forgiveness of sins. Faith in what Jesus said. Faith in the miracles Jesus performed. Faith in the scriptures. Faith in the baptism and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Philosopher Soren Kierkegaard explains that as a boy,
He was being taught to swim by his father. Splashing wildly with both arms and kicking with one leg, he called to his father, “Look at me, look at me. I’m swimming!” But, says Kierkegaard, all the time he was holding onto the bottom of the swimming pool with his big toe.
Many of us are like that in our faith. “I have faith!” we declare, but it is an untested faith. It is a tentative faith. One toe remains on the bottom! It is an enormous step for some of us to abandon our fears and trust God. Such faith may get harder for us the older we get.
Many people this Easter believe with all their heart that Jesus Christ is the unique Son of God and that He is truly risen from the dead and that He will return to earth again in power and glory. If you do not believe already perhaps God’s word may warmly reach out to you,
‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life’ John 3:16