When the Evidence Is “Not Enough”

Someone once supposedly asked the atheist philosopher Bertrand Russell what he would say if one day he were in the presence of the Creator in the final judgment and God asked him, “Why didn’t you believe in me?” Russell responded forcefully, “I would tell him: ‘Not enough evidence, God!  Not enough evidence!'”

Many Say They Would Believe If They Had “More Proof”

Likewise, many today claim that the reason they don’t believe in God is because “there isn’t enough evidence.”  “I don’t believe in what I can’t see,” they tell us. At first glance, it seems that those who make this statement are sincere and would immediately believe if God gave them a few more proofs of His existence.  Is this true?

The Physical Creation and the Existence of God

Actually, even if we didn’t have the Bible, we would have enough evidence to believe in the existence of God.  In fact, the apostle Paul says that “what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.  For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Romans 1:19-20).

The physical creation (that is, the order and design of the celestial bodies, of the animal and vegetable kingdom, and even that of our own bodies) is enough to have faith in the existence of God.

Some Will Never Believe, Regardless of the Proof

Sadly, some will never believe, regardless of the amount of evidence.

This truth is clearly seen in the story of the crippled man mentioned in Acts chapters 3 and 4. The religious leaders (the rulers, the elders, the scribes, the high priest, and all those who belonged to the family of the high priests; Acts 4:5-6) understood that the lame man “had been healed” so that “they had nothing to say in reply” (Acts 4:14, NASB). All the evidence was in front of their noses! Even so, it was “insufficient.” Instead of believing, they decided to threaten Peter and John not to speak to anyone else in the name of Jesus (Acts 4:17).

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT: The problem of disbelief is not the absence of evidence but the voluntary rejection of it. If I reject the evidence that God has given me, would I believe if He gave me more? Do I believe that the evidence God has given me is enough or do I need to see other “signs” to believe in Him?

–Jerry Falk