But I am curious about your thoughts on why proof negates faith.
I'm not sure that it does.
Does Proof Negate Faith?
The author of the above post/article points out that Jesus's disciples were exposed to a great deal of proof. Yet it doesn't ring true to say that
they had no faith. He suggests that maybe the problem is with our understanding of the word faith.
From another angle I'm not at all sure that "proof" creates faith. Seems like it would, but there are examples of that not being the case. You
pointed one out yourself, the Israelites were exposed to a great deal of "proof" and yet as a student of the Old Testament you know that didn't
always work out in the sense of creating a people that were faithful to God. Judas is another example, presumably he was exposed to much of the same
evidence that the other apostles were exposed to.
I'm not an expert, but it seems to me that faith is different from a simple belief.
Take a look at James 2:19.
You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that--and shudder.
Certainly demons have all the proof that one would need to believe in God, yet they don't place their faith in him. They KNOW beyond a shadow of
doubt that God exists, but it doesn't affect them in a positive way. And so I have to ask if "proof positive" would effect either myself or anyone
else in the positive way that I think it would.
There are a couple of other things to consider and I put if forward as merely humble speculation.
Does a lack of proof positive shield us in some way? I mean if we accept that "proof positive" doesn't equal obedience and faith in God, if we
consider that it might not have those results for ourselves despite our feelings on the matter, does a lack of proof positive shield us, in at least
some limited fashion, from culpability for our sins? I don't know the answer to that question and I'm not putting it forward as truth, just
Another thing to consider, again humble speculation on my part, though I believe I'm on stronger footing with this, is that God's perspective is
eternal while ours so often isn't. The idea of God as a parent has been brought up in this thread. Parents, good parents, punish their children if
they believe that this punishment will benefit them in the long term . . . A little bit of relatively minor suffering for a short duration to prevent
greater suffering in the long term. Consider also that good parents allow their children to take some risks and experience the consequences of
those risks. It's all part of growing up and maturing. This life and all it's sufferings, compared to eternity, are like the blink of an eye, or
a scuffed knee from falling off your bicycle, or like a few minutes of "time out".
Just some things to consider.