Disputing facts is never as difficult as some would like you to believe. In fact I would like to suggest it is actually more difficult to accept truth than to reject it. The advantage of rejection lies in the comfort that nothing needs to change. If yesterday was ok, obviously it was since we lived to tell the tales, then why should today be any different? Change might bring the opportunity to fail so obviously it is a bad thing! I doubt many of us consciously think along these lines yet our behavior often tells a very different story.
Refusing to believe has been around for ages. When a miracle happened “the Jews didn't believe it, didn't believe the man was blind to begin with. So they called the parents of the man now bright-eyed with sight.” (John 9.18) No quantity or quality of evidence would suffice! The facts couldn’t possibly be true. Somewhere, somehow the evidence had been created and planted. There was no chance of a miracle because this just wasn’t possible. Yet the testimony of those involved spoke of something unimaginable and impossible.
There is much in life driving one to doubt. There are so many things that defy understanding and comprehension. It doesn’t mean that they are not true. It also doesn’t mean that we easily fall into the category of belief just because we can experience and testify to the results. I know that I am loved but I cannot prove it. I have experiential evidence yet this hasn’t eliminated my fears and doubts. I can refuse to believe or walk in faith.
I look around and see incredible beauty in the midst of awful suffering, exploitation, and pain. I see and experience a loving God while struggling with the mystery of the conflict we live in. There are no easy answers, but refusing to accept the hope Divinity offers to you and me is not an answer I am willing to accept. God is here. We can be a hand, ear, and voice of hope as we accept Divine reality.
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