I am currently in a study of the book of Matthew. Jesus on many occasions performed miracles, many in the presence of the Pharisees and teachers of the law; yet, they refused to accept Jesus for who he claimed to be. Why did they reject Jesus? And to apply this question today, why is He rejected today? Is it lack of evidence? Or could it be another reason.
I ran across a couple of excellent articles discussing this topic. The first is, “Why You Either Believe Or Reject The Bible” by Robin Schumacher. An excerpt from the article:
Those who distrust all or parts of the Bible do so for numerous reasons. For many, the primary cause is a presuppositional bias against the supernatural. A man coming back from the dead, walking on water, instantly curing diseases and more immediately raise red flags to the skeptic because such things are not routinely observed and therefore are dismissed as fable.
For others, the contents of Scripture simply rub them the wrong way. The God of the Old Testament seems merciless and cruel, the moral pronouncements seem outdated and go against their chosen desires/lifestyle, or they don’t like the idea of Hell.
Still others object to the Bible on philosophical grounds. They don’t understand, for example, how an all-powerful and loving God could permit evil to occur in the world.
Although these are all questions/issues that deserve good answers (which have been given), these explanations are not why non-Christians don’t believe the Bible to be true.
I would encourage you to read the first article followed by the second entitled, “What Evidence will Satisfy Hard Core Unbelief?” Here’s another excerpt:
I was listening to a debate that occurred a few years ago between Dr. William Lane Craig and Dr. Mike Begon on the topic of Is God a Delusion? During the Q&A period that followed the debate, one member of the audience asked Dr. Begon (who took the position that God is a delusion) what type of evidence and criteria he’d require to believe that God is not a delusion.
Begon’s answer was very enlightening.
After first making the rather strange statement that it wasn’t up to him to write experiments for the questioner, he stammered through an answer of how he and others like Richard Dawkins had been asking for evidence for a long time and, according to him, none has ever been brought forth. He then said he was “open minded” and offered to review any evidence offered him.
When Dr. Craig was allowed to respond, he asked the audience member, “You still haven’t heard the answer have you? It’s just astonishing!” In fact, Craig was right as Begon didn’t provide what the person had asked for.
The conclusions reached in this article echo exactly the attitudes and reactions of the Pharisees in the book of Matthew. Without an open heart no proof, including God standing in front of you performing miracles, is enough to convince you. Where is your heart?