Thursday, April 5, 2012
Why people do not believe, despite evidence of the Truth
Jesus rose again from the dead! How can people not believe?
Postmodern man, Americans especially, pride themselves on being open-minded. A large number of people will claim they are teachable and ready to be persuaded of something if evidence is there.
Scripture teaches the minds of people are blinded (2 Corinthians 4:3-6, John 1:5) unless God gives spiritual sight, so no amount of "evidence" will ever convince natural man of the truth. God must grant sight (faith) to see the truth.
Putting it another way- every person has a set of pre-suppositions about life. One professor of mine called these pre-suppositions "pre-commitments". People have a view of the world formed over time by many influences. Only God can change a person's view of things. This is why you can present all the evidence in the world for the fact of Jesus' miracles and resurrection, and still have a person deny the truth. They have pre-suppositions that will not allow them to believe. Giving more evidence will not make a person believe. Only God can change a person's presuppositions so he or she might see the truth.
Dr. Rayburn put it this way-
"If a person holds unsound presuppositions with sufficient tenacity, facts will make no difference at all. They will be able to create a reality of their own, separate and untouched by, the truth."
God, and God alone, by His Holy Spirit, must convince a person of sound presuppositions for them to believe the truth.