Can You See Him?
“If there were an idiot who thought plays existed on their own, without an author (not to mention actors, producer, manager, stage hands and what not), our belief in Shakespeare would not be much effected by his saying, quite truly, that he had studied all the plays and never found Shakespeare in them. The rest of us, in varying degrees according to our perceptiveness, ‘found Shakespeare’ in the plays. But it is a quite different sort of ‘finding’ from anything our poor friend has in mind.” C.S. Lewis
There are many whose faith is challenged by the repudiation of God’s existence in the scientific textbooks they are exposed to in school. If God is real, and he is, why can’t scientists see him as they explore this universe? The scientific community has a long history of refusing to accept data that does not fit the prevailing theories. Theories prevail long after the new data has compromised their fidelity. The uncooperative data has to build up so significantly that to ignore it any longer would be scandalous, before an adjustment to those long-held paradigms will be considered (see The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn – an authoritative work on this subject). This obstinacy is prevalent among the most vocal scientists in their approach to new scientific theories. You can imagine where they stand when considering ideas that transcend their own power of observation.
If you read Shakespeare and decide ahead of time that you will find nothing more than nouns and verbs and punctuation, then that is precisely what you will find. You will not find Shakespeare. When someone has made decisions ahead of time concerning what sorts of things they will find when they go searching, it becomes nearly impossible for them to actually see what they stumble upon.
“For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.” Acts 28:27
It would appear that our ability to see and hear is a direct function of the state of our hearts. We need to keep a soft heart in a world that makes us hard. Can you look at this world and see Him? I hope so, because we need that healing desperately.