Reasons to Believe – Tue – 22-10-04

Have you ever been told something you absolutely believed was false? Of course, you have. We all have been lied to, some of us more than others. Such experiences leave us skeptical of other people. We hear something outlandish and we refuse to believe. We exclaim, “No way” and shake our heads.

Some people react that way when told about a miracle. They simply don’t believe miracles exist. Maybe you’ve heard someone say something like, “if I don’t see it with my own eyes, I’ll never believe it.” They pooh pooh the idea of Jesus walking on water, feeding the five thousand or rising from the dead.

But I don’t need to see something happen to believe it actually happened. Take the explosion of the volcano Krakatoa in 1883. I didn’t see it, but I believe it when told it was four times more powerful than the largest nuclear device ever detonated. I can see the effects of the event, even if I didn’t see it happen.

The same is true of miracles. If God exists, then miracles can happen. I don’t need to see them, their after effects are present. Take the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. History tells us people died in the arenas of Rome for their belief in it. The resurrection powered Christianity and changed the Roman world. It was a world altering event.

But more important is the fact the resurrection validated the message of Jesus and proved he is God’s son.

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