Monday, 28 July 2008
by mrs violet
I've had a revelation. I am not sure if it is correct, so I thought I would open it up to others to see what they think. Maybe you have known this for quite a while and I am decidedly behind the 8 ball, but if it is true then it will revolutionize how I share the gospel.
For years I have been hearing/reading conversations like this:
Non-Christian: "Prove to me that God is real."
Christian: "I don't need to, I know He is real. Prove to me that He is not!"
The dispute, of course, ends up going in circles. So who does the burden of proof really rest with when it comes to proving the existence of God?
My new theory says that the burden of proof rests with God!
It's simple really. No longer will I make arguments, no longer will I present a 3 point sermon, equipped with a Power Point presentation and cheesy background music, and no longer will I learn diagrams or train myself in the art of verbal persuasion.
If you want to know if God is real, then you should ask Him. I've heard the old line, "You gotta believe in God to talk to Him, lady." I get that, truly I do, but what I'm saying is that you are either open to the fact there is a God, or you are not. If you are, then sincerely ask Him to reveal himself to you. If you are not, then stop expecting His people to wear the burden of proof that is not theirs to own.
God is not supposed to be argued or rationalized by Christians. He is supposed to be worshipped and glorified, enjoyed and relatable.
I will pray for you and with you, I will love you and I will bless you, and I will answer any questions that pertain to the Christian faith that are within my ability to answer. I pray though, that you have the revelation yourself from the Bible under the empowering of the Holy Spirit. I will share my testimony with you and be honest about my Christian walk, but I will not try to convince you that God is real.
If my theory is right, from this day on, I will no longer argue for the existence of God. My life should be a living testimony to that, and I want you to meet Him personally. God is big enough to argue his existence for himself.
Do you argue with people about God's existence? What have the outcomes of these discussions been like for you?