Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Pinnock: persuasive evidence

Tuesday, August 29, 2023
    Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a miraculous sign from you.”
    He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.”
    —Matthew 12:38-39 (NIV)
    We cannot wait until all uncertainty disappears before dealing with ultimate issues. A decision has to be made in spite of the risk of choosing amiss. The risk after all is greatly diminished on account of the evidential signposts indicating the truth of the gospel, and we ought to take them very seriously. It is not God’s way to overpower us with undeniable demonstrations. We will wait for them in vain. In respect of our cognitive freedom, his way is to provide us with good and sufficient evidence of reasonable, persuasive force, and then to invite us to enter into the trustful certitude of faith.
    ... Clark H. Pinnock (1937-2010), Reason Enough, Exeter: Paternoster, 1980, p. 120-121 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 12:38-39; John 6:58-64; Acts 17:27-31; Rom. 8:16; 1 Cor. 1:22-23; Eph. 3:12; Heb. 11:1
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, faith in You is my certainty.
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