Ever been talking with an unbeliever and they ask you for evidence of God? Ever been a little set off on how to answer. Let’s see if I can help you…
Evidence for God is literally everywhere you look. The argument is not over the evidence, it is over the interpretation of the evidence – which will differ with each worldview. From an atheistic perspective – naturalism and uniformitarianism are governing assumptions. Basically this is the belief that the way we observe things happening today is the way they always have. A Christian should have very different perspectives – namely supernaturalism (miraculous intervention) and catastrophism (several events from Genesis that would have shaped our world very rapidly rather than slowly and uniformly).
So again, the argument is not over which side has more or less evidence – it is over what criteria we are using to interpret the same evidence. The evidence itself is simply the world we live in, the universe we are a part of, and the human experience we share. Don’t get caught up in trying to out-evidence the other side. You will have missed the point and no matter the debate, you will get back to your worldview assumptions.
Always remember to love and present truth gracefully, but try not to copy what too many Christians do and simply say “I don’t need evidence, I have faith”. Faith is not the opposite of evidence. You have faith that your interpretation of the evidence is correct. Feel free to point out that they also have the same faith in their interpretations. My hope is this can make the playing field a little more level.
Tim is a guest blogger from GRACE WITH SALT.