My friend (and I do consider him my friend) Rick made the following statement in a comment below:
“The reality is that a valid search without preconceptions will lead to God,”
Needless to say, I vehemently disagree with this statement. Throughout history open-minded searching has been blamed for the apostasy of millions. Scientists are derided by Christians because their search for facts, evidence, and truth consistently invalidates the faith claims of the religious. The wisdom of men is foolishness to the elect. I wonder how anyone can take that to be a truth and still make the claim that a valid search leads to god?
There is a serious error in Rick’s statement: He equates the agnostic/atheist position with the believer’s position. He equates his presuppositions (which are unsubstantiated faith claims based on the bible) with the position of the skeptical. Even though we’ve had the discussion before, he refuses to recognize that bringing unprovable assumptions to a discussion (God exists, Jesus rose from the dead, the bible is the word of god) is NOT the same as setting aside all unprovable assumptions and analyzing all factual inputs and accepting the most reasonable conclusion.
I have also asked my friend to directly address that contention – to explain to me why I’m wrong, to show me how they do equate. He has either refused or been unable to do so, instead simply repeating his assertion, apparently in the hopes that repetition will be the same as proof.
While pondering this impasse (which I think is one of his own making only) I happened across a video that I think very clearly illustrates the problem with Rick’s position. It’s well worth the watching for persons on any side of the discussion. In fact, I would welcome Rick’s critique, or anyone else’s, of either my or Rick’s assertion, or the content of this video.
Here you go: