Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Signs

People seem quite interested in signs. They want to KNOW that the Bible is truth. They want it proved to them. I sometimes get emails wanting to know what I think the best "evidence" for creation is. People want some evidence besides the Word of God that creationism is true. Other times, I see creationists wanting to do this or that as a "sign" of the truth of God's Word. Jesus had some very interesting things to say about signs and proofs.
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, "Teacher, we want to see a sign from You." But He answered them, "An evil and adulterous generation demands a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at Jonah's proclamation; and look—something greater than Jonah is here! The queen of the south will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and look—something greater than Solomon is here! (Matt. 12:38-42)
And in the story of the rich man and Lazarus:
Abraham said, "They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them."
"No, father Abraham," he said. "But if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent."
But he told him, "If they don't listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded if someone rises from the dead." (Luke 16:29-31)
I'm not trying to make any accusations or condemnations here. I'm just saying that we ought to be careful what we ask for.

Feedback? Email me at toddcharleswood [at] gmail [dot] com.