All in the Mind (7)

4 03 2008

I had an experience the other day that set me thinking about unbelief – the inability of our minds to cope with things in the spiritual realm that are unfamiliar to us. Actually it was an experience that was about an experience. I found myself telling a group of (largely) non-Christian young people about an experience I once had where God clearly spoke to me  and the outcome proved the reality of the experience. It doesn’t matter what actually happened (we’ll omit that for the sake of space) sufficient to say that my listeners conveyed the recognition that the outcome was either a staggering coincidence or was the result of God speaking. That was the experience about an experience.

Now shortly after telling this account, a situation arose where we all appeared in difficulties. As I prayed I sensed that the Lord said he would resolve the difficulty (something right out of our control) by a set time in a little over two hours time. Well, to everyone else’s surprise, the circumstances were resolved and they were resolved to the exact minute.

Now again, if you are of a sceptical nature, you may say, “Oh, just a big coincidence!” which is what the non-reaction of these young people conveyed. But why this scepticism? If there is a God and if He does communicate with us for our good, wouldn’t you think that any sensible person would grab at such a chance to ‘hear’? What is it that makes us want to reject my account of what happened and opt for ‘coincidence’?

Is it perhaps that we doubt the three ‘if’ things above – that there is a God, that He does communicate, and it is for our good? Is it perhaps that we are often too lazy to even think about these sorts of things and so we shut them out rather than have our comfort disturbed. I came across the following quote some while ago:

The main difficulty with most secularists is to persuade them to examine the case for the supernatural. Cannon J.B.Phillips  recalls in the Ring of Truth ‘hundreds of conversations with people, many of them of higher intellectual calibre than myself, who quite obviously had no idea what Christianity is about.’ He concluded that ‘they knew virtually nothing’ about the New Testament. The Resurrection, the most important event in human history, is politely and quietly by-passed. For it is not as though the evidence had been examined and found unconvincing; it had simply never been examined.

The point being made was that most people can’t be bothered to examine the evidence. It is almost like they have been put to sleep as far as truth is concerned.  How terrible! Unbelief is not based on facts; it is based on wilful ignorance. Again, how terrible!

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