Luke 16:31 “Abraham replied, ‘If they won’t listen to Moses and the Prophets, they’re not going to be convinced by someone who rises from the dead.’” (The Message bible)
I sometimes hear people say that they can’t believe in God because of all the suffering in the world. So they don’t believe, but the suffering is still there. Paul Simon in his song “The Boxer” postulated, “Still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.” The relationship between faith and reason varies substantially from person to person but the question comes down to this; do we look at the data around us and try to make sense of it as best we can or do we start with an idea of the way we think things are then select and arrange the data to fit our prefabricated conclusions? There is no easy way to get around this soul searching. If our mind is already made up then no amount of input from without will change it, not even one rising from the dead. If we are open to what comes at us in life it may cause us some headaches trying to sort out what we really do believe is true, but it may also lead us to God. If our hearts are closed to God, our minds can’t be opened. If our hearts are open to God, our minds will find their way. Where is your heart and mind this week?