by Bill Walton
This article reprinted by permission
I have sometimes been asked: “If the evidence supporting our faith in God is so strong and so convincing, why doesn’t everyone believe?” So, in the next few articles on this page, I’m going to tell you why they don’t believe. And there are a variety of reasons.
In the first place, many people do not believe because they have not seen the evidence. Anyone who really looks at the vastness of the universe, the existence of life in the universe, the complexity of living things, the orderliness of nature, and the moral sensibility within man, must conclude that it couldn’t just happen. The evidence of design all around us, and within us, makes it obvious that there must be a Designer.
The creation provides abundant evidence of the Creator, and every honest person intuitively understands that there must be a Creator (Heb. 3:4; Psa. 19:1-4; Rom. 1:19-20). And understanding this ought to lead us to seek Him.
But while creation proves there is a Creator, it does not prove that the Creator is the God revealed in the Bible; and it does not prove that Jesus is the Son of God, or that the Bible is the Word of God. We must look to other kinds of evidence for that, and some people have not seen the evidence that would support faith in the God revealed in the Bible, and faith in Jesus as the Son of God, and the Bible as the Word of God. The evidence is there. It is abundant, and it is compelling. But they haven’t seen it.
You might ask, “Why haven’t they seen the evidence?” And I would answer, “In many cases, they haven’t seen it because they have no interest in seeing it.” Like the hogs eating the acorns under the oak trees, they couldn’t care less where it comes from. They have no interest in anything beyond the here-and-now.
In my college days I once had a conversation with a young man who was expressing his skepticism concerning these fundamentals of the Christian’s faith. I listened for a while, and then I asked him, “Have you ever read any books that deal with the scientific accuracy of the Bible, or the historical accuracy of the Bible, or the prophetic accuracy of the Bible?” He said, “No, I haven’t.” Then I asked, “Have you read any books in the area of Christian evidences?” And again, he answered, “NO.” He was content with skepticism and doubt and had no interest in trying to resolve his doubt. It wasn’t that he had found the evidence for faith weak and lacking, it was simply the fact that he had no interest in seeing the evidence.
(to be continued…)