Thursday, February 01, 2007

Ten Questions: Number Eight

Question #8: How do we explain the fact that Jesus has never appeared to you? Jesus is all-powerful and timeless, but if you pray for Jesus to appear, nothing happens. You have to create a weird rationalization to deal with this discrepancy.

I had never actually considered praying for Jesus to appear to me. So, why would one pray for Jesus to appear?

We can quickly eliminate all spiritual and metaphorical reasons. For Christ said in Luke 16:31 "'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.' " In other words, all we need to know Christ has already been revealed. Furthermore, Christ also said, in John 20:29 "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

So why would someone pray for Christ to appear to them if it is unnecessary to believe, and they would be blessed for so believing? One would pray such a prayer if one did not have faith, and required proof. Now, think back to Matthew 17:20, in which it speaks about the power of prayer, and the need for faith for it to be effective. Therefore, the reason one would pray for Christ to appear would be a lack of faith, and it is that very same faith which is needed for the prayer to be effective. This question is therefore self-contradictory, and can be rejected.

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