“There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many…?” So the men sat down, in number about five thousand… He distributed… as much as they wanted… Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”
Same people, the next day…
Therefore they said to Him, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You?”
No sign will suffice for those who feel they have nothing to gain from belief. No argument will persuade them, no evidence will be accepted as legitimate. And I’m not even talking about the atheists. The moochers who wanted free bread instead of eternal life were none other than God’s own chosen people. They wasted no time convincing themselves that there is no God; they just weren’t interested unless He handed out stuff.
There are no atheists in the Bible, at least not in the contemporary sense of the word. Yet “unbelievers” pack the pages from beginning to end.
Luke 16: 29-31
Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
That kind of wraps it up, doesn’t it? The Israelites were freed from Egypt after a series of stunning signs and miracles. They heard God speak. They ate manna for forty years. Every promise made by God was kept yet unbelief survives as their legacy. Jesus Christ, God incarnate fulfilled the prophesies, performed miracles and tied the religious authorities in knots with his wisdom. The result? Even he “marveled at their unbelief.” Pilate didn’t debate Christ or his claims. He just dismissed him with cynicism. “What is truth?” Notice the Way, the Truth and the Life didn’t try to straighten him out. If standing in the presence of God Himself isn’t enough then there is no enough.
Make no mistake. We all stand in His presence. “The heavens declare the glory of God…” “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened…”
They knew God. They did not glorify Him. The religious people. The unbelievers.
So what about the atheists who sit in judgment of the God they insist they don’t believe in and demand the existence of the infinite be proven through imperfect examinations of minuscule slices of poorly understood reality? The honest, clear-thinking logic Über Alles duck-speakers who won’t even comprehend your post before letting fly?
They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.