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“Proof” vs. “Persuasion”

Eric Hovind April 14th, 2011

Atheists ask for “proof” all the time; however, I don’t believe that is really what they want.  I believe that atheists really want to be “persuaded” more than anything else. The reason I believe this is outlined below.

  1. I have traveled for 13 years teaching on the subject of Creation vs. Evolution, presenting incredible “proof” that God created the world. Yet I still have debates with atheists who bury their heads in the sand and ignore the science of irreducible complexity, age of the earth, dinosaurs living with man and so on.
  2. I have heard atheists come out and say, “Proof is not the issue!”  In a debate on Premier radio in the UK between presuppositional apologist Sye TenBruggencate and self-proclaimed “free thinker” Paul Baird, Paul admits that evidence does not matter. Listen to the clip below for yourself. You may want to listen to the entire debate, which can be found on the Premier.org.uk site here.
  3. The Bible tells us very plainly that “proof” is not what matters as much as “repentance.” Lots of scripture content deal with this subject: For example, Romans 1: 18–21, 1 Corinthians 2:14, 2 Corinthians 4:3–4, 2 Timothy 2:25. It is clear from the teaching of scripture that without repentance, we cannot understand spiritual things, and we will not see the truth until we repent. This is the real issue.
  4. Hypocrisy destroys any proof that is presented and persuades people to stay away from Christianity! It is sad but true that hypocrisy drives many people away from Christ. As Christians, we should be followers of Jesus Christ. When so many claim the title “Christian,” yet live contrary to what Christ says, my warning would be that perhaps most of them are not really “Christians.” Matthew 7:21 is one of the most frightening verses in the Bible that I know of and it spells this out very clearly!

It is true that “proof” is not the issue; atheists want to be “persuaded!”  Here’s the rub: You must repent before you will see the truth and be “persuaded.” I would ask that you repent now, acknowledge your sin, repent of it and trust in Christ today. If you want to learn more about this go to our “Are you a good person” article on creationtoday.org.