The fierceness and intensity of debates for or against God’s existence is amazing. Are we called to win people over by argument? God (Love) does not seek or need to be intellectually grasped but to be believed and debates rarely produce faith, but promote strife which is contrary to Love, the Spirit of Jesus.
The proof of God’s existence is in individual hearts for sure. But Jesus also told his disciples not to go anywhere till they were filled with power. When His power is at work within and through us, there is no need for arguments. Paul, an intellectual, said to the Corinthians that his preaching was not in persuasive words of man’s wisdom but in demonstration of the Spirit’s power.
Jesus did not send us into the world to argue for Him. He said, “these signs shall follow them that believe…” If signs and wonders are not following us, we should check our faith not our arguments. No one would have argued with the disciples after the lame walked, the sick were healed or the dead came back to life. Anyone arguing Jesus’ divinity after witnessing Lazarus’ resurrection has to be out of his senses.
I would rather study how to deploy the Spirit’s power to create, to heal and to deliver than how to debate better. In any case, the burden of proof is on those of us who claim God exists.
Arguments do not address our individual or collective pains, they worsen them. Only love in action does. Do not tell me God is real. Show me. Do not just quote scripture either, show me its workings in your life. We are called to display God’s works, not to argue on His behalf.
“You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, to show forth the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
Yes we are called to proclaim and to speak but if my words are mere intellectual words arguing God’s existence or debating fine points of scripture while I lack the Spirit’s power, I am not truly following Christ. He went about not arguing His divinity but through the power of the Spirit, doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil.
There is more than enough disease and oppression in the world today calling for Christ’s followers not His lawyers.