Do you believe in God? Ok, prove that God exists. And if you can’t prove that God exists, we know that God does not exist, and we should all be Atheists.
It’s a common argument: Prove that God exists, or I refuse to believe. It goes back to the Middle Ages, at least, and you still might hear it today, or use it.
The speakers in the video try to be reasonable and neutral. For them, it is enough that God is a possibility, but they are sure that we can never prove that God exists.
So, do we have two stark choices, believe or be an Atheist? People on both sides want us to make a decision. They want us to fall into one side or the other, so we are coerced to believe something.
The truth is, we are all free to decide, and we always have been. Researchers have found that most people are somewhere between believing and not:
When we are not forced, we really don’t know, and we are not sure.
We live in a world of doubt and uncertainty and I believe that is how most people want to be; not committed.
Have you ever heard a message from God?
It’s a question worth asking.
A famous Christian leader became a convert after he heard two words in the voice of a child “take, read.”
That man was Augustine, and he lived so long ago that most of us have forgotten him. He heard the voice in the year 386.
Augustine believed that those words were for him, so he took a Bible and started reading, and that’s when he started believing. He later became one of the greatest leaders among early Christians.
He had his proof.
Centuries later, an order of monks was started, known as Augustinians. One young monk in Germany was an educated scholar, but he had problems with the religion that he saw around him.
Eventually, he was labelled a heretic, and put on trial in front of the Emperor at a conference called the “Diet of Worms.” That does not translate well.
He was very close to a painful execution when he spoke his famous words. He had no argument, and he just said: “Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me! Amen.”
That was in 1521.
You might know, that monk was Martin Luther, and he was not executed. Instead, he was locked in a castle for his protection, and he started the Reformation. As a leader of Christians, he changed the history of the world.
Another man was trained to be a Christian pastor, but found himself depressed and stressed. His issue was that he didn’t believe, but he had to act religiously to earn a living.
On May 24, 1738, he went to an evening service with some Moravian Christians, refugees from Europe.
He really did not want to go.
In the service, someone read something that Martin Luther wrote about the Book of Romans, in the Bible. That does not sound like an exciting and rousing sermon to me. Later, that man, John Wesley, said about that church service “I felt my heart strangely warmed.”
Strangely, he believed, and became like Augustine and Martin Luther before him, one of the greatest leaders among the Christians, in the world.
In each man, something like a small seed sprouted, and the world has never been the same.
It seems that there is no argument. A few people made small decisions about God, and the world was changed each time.
The people who built the world we live in today were not convinced by strong arguments and debates. They each had a few words, and then they transformed the world.
A small seed sprouted.
But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. (Matthew 13:23)
Have you heard the words of our modern prophet, Dolly Parton? She claims that she heard a voice. Maybe we should listen to her message: