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Seeing Isn’t Believing Pt. 1

Everyone has heard the phrase, “Seeing is believing”. I have had a countless number of conversations with people that don’t believe in God and what is the overwhelming reason for their unbelief? “I haven’t seen him”. Our eyes can be deceiving and here is one example given to us by MariaGarcia281 via youtube:

As you can tell you aren’t actually seeing a blue circle. It is a figment of your imagination. So, when a person says, “I have never seen God so how can I believe in him?” you can identify that as a misnomer. This video, and a number like it, proves that the eyes don’t tell all. However, that is not the end of the evidence for “seeing isn’t believing”. Jesus understood this principle highlighted by his words in John 6 when he says:

But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe.” (verse 36).

Jesus knows that the eyes can be deceiving. Jesus knows that seeing is not believing. People were drawn to him by wondrous acts but they didn’t truly believe in their hearts. So, when an atheist or agnostic says that they would need to “see” God to believe you can point to this passage.

But, for the sake of the argument, let’s say that they did see God. seeing still does not create belief because they would do their best in trying to explain it away. Later in John 12:37 we see this addressed again, “Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him.” 

Here we see the same principle. Even though Jesus did amazing things in the midst of people they still didn’t believe in Jesus. They never were able to place their faith in him because seeing is not believing. There needs to be more than just seeing. One of the best examples of seeing is not believing comes from Luke 16 when Luke writes down the words of Jesus:

And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house—for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”

The truth is that people will not believe even if struck in the face by an amazing act. So, when an unbeliever says they don’t believe because they haven’t seen God we can understand where they are coming from. The Bible is clear that if they don’t even recognize the words of the Bible then an amazing sign would not be sufficient for belief.

No matter what the sign the unbeliever could not believe. Jesus healed a leper and gave sight to the blind. They still do not believe. Even though Jesus payed the due penalty for sin and conquered death by rising on the third day. They still do not believe. Even if a loved one came back from the grave to warn them they would still not heed the call to repent and believe.

Seeing is not believing.

Thanks for Reading.

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About Travis Berry

I am a blatantly honest person who loves to think, read, discuss, and write about God and theology. I have a bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry from Crown College. I work at a church in Houston, TX as a Youth Director and love every minute of it! I am married to a wonderful woman named Becky and we have one amazing child! I have a love for God's Word, and a fervor to live it out in the fullest, and I pray this blog reflects that. Thanks for checking out AnotherChristianBlog!.

Posted on October 25, 2011, in Christianity, Theology and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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