Why Certainty Isn’t Necessary for Belief in God
by Claudia Kalmikov
Have you ever heard someone say, “Why doesn’t God just show himself so people can believe?” People want certainty when it comes to matters of religion. But when it comes to other areas of our lives, do we really live as though we expect certainty? Not really. I believe we live our lives in confidence. Think about it. When you make plans for the future, are you sure they will materialize? Not one of us can be certain. But we can be confident. If we want to see how much money is in our bank account, we look online. This gives us confidence that we have a certain amount of money in our bank account. We don’t go to the bank everyday and ask them to stack all our money on the counter so we can count it in order to know how much is there. We live our lives by reasonable confidence. Not by certainty. So why would we expect certainty in matters of religion?
In a court of law, direct evidence is not always available. Eyewitnesses may have died, making a direct testimony impossible. Circumstantial evidence may be all that is left to point to a verdict. Author and apologist, Jim Warner Wallace tells us in Cold Case Christianity, that “circumstantial evidence (indirect evidence) does not prove something on its own, but points us in the right direction by proving something related to the question at hand.” When direct evidence is not available, it is possible to collect enough circumstantial evidence to come to a truthful conclusion beyond a reasonable doubt. Wallace reminds us that, “Juries make decisions about the guilt of suspects in cases that are completely circumstantial every day.” In fact, all of his cold-case homicides have been successfully prosecuted with nothing but circumstantial evidence…
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