I saw an article on the web which claims there has been a study done that shows some kind of proof that we can exist after our death.
I don’t know the science. The article was interesting of course. But here’s my question – Why are we so concerned with proof for something that is really a matter of faith? Can something of faith ever truly be proved? Does it make it a faith matter anymore? Or does it become something else. Even if life after death can be “proved” scientifically, I can only imagine the arguments that would crop up – what does it look like? How do we know? Can we measure it? blah, blah, blah.
Why are we so concerned with trying to prove everything? Is our faith so weak that we need some kind of proof for everything? And if proof was offered, would we actually accept it?
This reminds me of the conversations I’ve read and heard between atheists and Christians. Atheists often ask for proof about God’s existence. How can you prove something that goes beyond our limited understanding? Is there anything that could even come close to proving beyond the shadow of a doubt that there is a God? Wouldn’t anything that is presented then come into question because anything we can offer is limited by our understanding? These are interesting conversations, but really there is a problem here – atheists and Christians do not start from the same point.
For me, being unable to “prove” God’s existence doesn’t bother me. I don’t feel the need to “prove” God to someone else.
Proving something means that I can control it. I have knowledge and know something, or a lot, about a thing. I can define it. I set a boundary around the thing I am able to prove. I don’t think it’s possible to do that with God. All of these sentences in this paragraph started with “I”. That’s because they are about me. Proof is a human need. It shows our weakness, our sinfulness, our lack – whatever you would like to call it.
Can we see characteristics, or little windows into God’s nature – sure. Those are things that God has revealed to us. The primary actor in that regard though is God, not humanity.
Can I prove God exists? No, and I don’t have to. If I could prove God’s existence, I have a feeling the evidence would be underwhelming and make God into something small and frankly unimpressive – less than worthy of worship. God would be smaller than me.
Is proving God important to you? Why? What “proof” would do it for you? What do you think about all of this? I really would like to hear. Thanks.