Faith is a rational response to the evidence of God's self revelation in nature, human history, the Scriptures, and His resurrected Son. W. Bingham Hunter, "The God Who Hears."
In my reading of Scripture today about Jesus resurrection I was thinking about how people want proof that God is real, proof that the Bible is real, proof that Jesus really was raised from the dead. If they only had "proof" they say, then they would believe. Yet there was proof. Is proof:
Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:19,20
All the evidence is in.......Jesus was seen by hundreds of eyewitnesses after the resurrection. Nobody ever denied that the tomb was empty, but instead they offered up different theories as to why it was empty....by His very resurrection from the dead, He proved that everything He said was true. Mary was the first to see the empty tomb, then she ran to tell the disciples. Peter and another disciple ran to the tomb and saw it empty......."Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) Then the disciples went back to where they were staying." John 20:8-10
But Mary stayed behind at the tomb and Jesus appeared to her......... John 20:11-16
He is a rewarder of all who seek Him.
"A man rejects God neither because of intellectual demands nor because of the scarcity of evidence. A man rejects God because of a moral resistance that refuses to admit his need for God." Ravi Zacharias
Continuing my gratitude count today, gratitude that God has left so much evidence around us.....He wants so very much for us to find Him, to know Him......Thankful today for the endless traces of His presence.....Just enough oxygen for us to breathe, just enough warmth from the sun, just enough heartbeats to keep us going, just the right amount of blood that pumps through, carrying life......shelter from the elements.....laughter to give us hope, just enough gravity to keep our feet on the ground and keep us from spinning off the planet, enough wind to make us wonder.....enough faith and joy to keep us from giving up, and more than enough love to save us, even when we don't deserve it.....#538-548