What is it that stands in the way of true faith? Is it that there is not enough evidence, or is there more (or less) to it than that? Actually, evidence is not in short supply, the very creation calls for the necessity of a Creator. As the Apostle Paul wrote to the Believers in Rome, he informed them of this;
Romans 1:18-20 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse…
The evidence is there and it is plain, but men do not want to be accountable. As Jesus confronted the religious leaders of His day, he said essentially the same thing to them. After healing a man on the Sabbath Day to get their attention, He spoke of the testimony of God through the Prophets, and of the Miracles He had performed publically…
John 5:31-34 “If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. 32 There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. 33 You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. 34 Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved.
John 5:36-37 But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish–the very works that I do–bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. 37 And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form.
Though the evidence was overwhelming, these men persisted in their hard-heartedness. It was not their intellect that restrained them from believing that Jesus was the Messiah. Jesus gives the accusation;
John 5:43-44 I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. 44 How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?
These men were primarily concerned about appearances; what other men thought of them. They were following the status quo of their time. Not to mention that their positions of power would be demonstrated to be without foundation if they accepted Jesus as Messiah. And so, Jesus demonstrates the impossibility of their faith as long as they maintained the mindset that man’s opinions of each other was paramount. When man’s judgment is the determining factor of truth, then the best they can do is to make a god that fits their scheme. God is above all of creation. He has made men in His image and implanted the work of His law on our hearts. In our rebellion, we have sought to suppress that knowledge, but as we hear the truth of His Word and it is quickened by His Holy Spirit, we are able to set men’s opinions aside and seek the truth of the Only True God. It takes a large dose of humility, but in the end, is it better to be thought wise by your peers or the possessor of real wisdom?
How Can You Believe? – AUDIO