Deliberately Disbelieving The Obvious

March 30, 2013

Friends,
No matter how much evidence there is about God being the Creator of the universe, and no matter how much evidence is given about Jesus having risen from the dead, many people choose to deliberately disbelieve the obvious. For just as it is fully evident that creation, in all its amazing complexity, has a Creator, so history, along with numerous eyewitness accounts, make it undeniable that Jesus rose from the grave.

Yet what do most people do? They do what the Pharisees kept doing whenever they heard of, or even witnessed for themselves, all the miracles Jesus was doing. And what was it they did? They refused to believe what their own eyes and ears were confronted with –that Jesus was doing profound miracles. Or, when some had to believe, these attributed the power to Satan.

Yesterday, as I was listening to the Bible on CD (which my husband gave me last year and which, by the way, is absolutely wonderful to have available for ingesting God’s Word during those times when we’re doing household chores or driving), I again felt incredulous as I listened to John 9. For again, I was reminded of the stubborn blindness of those who don’t want to believe the obvious when it is in their best interests not to. Over and over the Pharisees questioned the man whom Jesus had healed of physical blindness as they tried hard to find some other explanation for the healing rather than it being a miracle that only God could perform.

The deliberate unbelief of the chief priests and Pharisees can again be noted in John 11:45-53 & 12:9-11 when, out of their jealousy and fear of having heard that Jesus had brought Lazarus back from the dead, they met to plot both Christ’s and Lazarus’ deaths. And when they did succeed in killing Jesus, yet had to be confronted with supernatural signs that crucifixion day –such as the three hours of darkness (Matt. 27:45), the temple curtain torn in two from top to bottom (v. 51), the earthquake that split rocks and broke open tombs from which holy people were raised to life and made bodily appearance (v. 51-53)– they still did not repent. In fact, they asked Pilate to secure the tomb in case Christ’s disciples would try to steal His body and pretend He had risen. (v. 62-64) So not only did they order a seal placed on the stone which blocked the tomb’s entrance, but they had Roman guards posted there. (v. 65,66)

Yet what did these deliberate unbelievers do when the guards came to them on the first day of the week and reported to them that, along with another earthquake, an angel had rolled back the tomb’s stone and caused them temporary paralysis? (Matt. 28:2-4) These deliberate unbelievers (these supposed scholars of God’s Truth) bribed the guards to say that Jesus’ disciples had stolen the body! (v. 11-14) So, the guards, who certainly feared for their lives for having failed their duty and who thus also wanted the truth kept hidden, agreed. (v. 15) But what a laugh! Either way –due to being terrified to the point of paralysis by an angel or by the disciples– the guards’ inability in keeping the tomb secure was a mockery.

In addition, being that it was evident that Jesus’ body was no longer inside, couldn’t both the guards and the priests recognize the unreasonableness of their story? Couldn’t they realize the improbability that any corpse-thief would take the time to unwrap the linen strips, leave them there, and even fold the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head? (John 20:6,7) Did they really think their story credible –that corpse-thieves had attempted to paralyze a bunch of Roman guards just to create a lie about a resurrection, and that they had gotten away with it?! Talk about making oneself a fool in order to avoid accepting the Truth! It’s just like the evolutionists who believe the impossible –that complexities such as DNA, the human eye, the humming bird, etc., evolved from nothing.

But alas, unable to see their own absurdity, the chief priests and elders (those esteemed “wise” men) circulated their impossible story. And being that many people then, and since then, have wanted to disbelieve that Jesus rose from the dead, multitudes choose to instead believe all sorts of other things much more far-fetched than that God, the all-powerful Creator, chose to come to earth as a man, died to pay sin’s debt, and rose victorious the third day.

Obviously though, many people don’t want to believe Jesus conquered death, for then they’d have to accept that His words, especially those about the need to repent of sin, are the very words of God and are therefore words they most definitely need to heed. No, they’d rather believe anything than to believe that.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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