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Can Evidence Convince?

By Paul Bawden

There is a popular story about a psychologist treating a patient with a bizarre problem; the patient is convinced that he himself is, in fact, dead. The psychologist points out that all the medical evidence points to the fact that the patient is alive, and is in perfect physical health, but the patient remains unconvinced—pointing out that medical evidence can be misinterpreted.

Frustrated, the psychologist finally comes up with a plan to prove to his confused patient that he is, in fact, not dead. He asks the patient, “Do dead men bleed?” The patient replies, “No.” At this point, the psychologist pulls out a small pin and pricks the patient’s finger. A small drop of blood appears. “See! You’re bleeding,” says the psychologist, confident at having made his point (literally). The patient replies, “Wow! I guess I was wrong. Looks like dead men really do bleed, after all!”

This story reinforces this indisputable truth. When a person is committed to a particular assumption or worldview, no amount of evidence can change his mind, because the evidence can always be explained away by additional assumptions.

Such is true regarding the Bible. Rather than letting the Bible speak for itself, man’s reason explains it away by saying that many of the stories are myths. Events that are actually prophesied are late dated to take away their prophetic nature, questions are raised about the validity of Jesus Christ, and the Bible is just good literature, if that.

In science, even though scientists may be aware of the problems with the big bang and models of solar system formation, they are unwilling to abandon their worldview but create assumption upon assumption to explain away any evidence that may be consistent with the biblical worldview.

In government, some leaders are convinced that government is the answer to people’s problems. They will not admit that too many controls hinder economic growth, or that increased debt can be detrimental to a country, while forgetting that a moral compass is necessary for a nation to survive. They keep holding to their ideology regardless of the evidence that the private sector is the engine for economic growth, and that morality is the foundation for any country to remain strong spiritually, materially, and militarily.

Is there an answer to evidence not being convincing? Certainly. It’s called truth, which is objective unchanging reality. Again, an individual may ask like Pilate, “What is truth?” Regardless, unless there is true truth, as Francis Schaeffer used to call it, we live in time’s box with no understanding into the happenings in our world and no eternal hope in time and for eternity. It’s a bleak way to live.

Where can true truth be found? These words come to mind, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6). Christ’s death, burial, and bodily resurrection have substantiated that He is the Truth. In addition, the Lord’s Word is Truth (Psalm 119:151). Even though Jesus Christ and His Word are Truth, evidence will still be denied.

The one, though, who comes to Him Who is Truth, and believes in Him as Savior, discovers that His Truth is what gives understanding of the times (cf. Psalm 119:97-100). I trust Christ’s Truth is what gives you the biblical worldview with insights into the happenings in America and the world, while you enjoy His eternal hope in time now, knowing that hope will be a full reality for you after this life.

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