I got an email this morning in which someone asked this question.
“I read quite a few atheist blogs and websites where people claim there is no evidence for your faith. How do you, as a sane and supposedly reasonable person, justify your belief in what many say is either highly embellished history or completely fabricated myth?
I certainly don’t want to waste my life on something that can’t be supported by evidence.”
I answered in what is now an ongoing conversation but, for the benefit of readers, here is a reboot of one of the blog’s most read posts that, I think, provides and answer.
If you think there is no evidence to support Christianity, you may want to think again.
The great atheist philosopher Bertrand Russell was once asked what he would say if he found himself standing before God on judgment day and God asked him, “Why didn’t you believe in Me?” Russell replied, “I would say, ‘Not enough evidence, God! Not enough evidence!’”
Interesting sentiment from Russell until you give it some thought.
I’m not trying to show any disrespect for Russell, or to diminish his intelligence, or make light of his sincerity in the least. I’m sure Russell’s beliefs were sincere and I believe he had genuine and, in his mind anyway, logical and rational reasons for having such beliefs
That being said, the statement “Not enough evidence, God! Not enough evidence!” is loaded with problems.
Biggest problem is what God Himself has to say. I don’t think He pulls any punches here. [emphasis added]
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”
– Romans 1:20
Let that sink in a minute then ask yourself if Russell is making the arrogant mistake of blaming his lack of belief on the failure of a divine being who can do no wrong and gave humanity no excuse.
Are you making the same mistake Russell did? If so, how do you think the conversation at your judgment will go?
You: “Not enough evidence, God! Not enough evidence!”
God: “…without excuse.”
Seems fairly cut and dry to me.
“Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.”
– Proverbs 26:12
Posted by James
…and by His wounds we are healed.