This article from the Christian Science Monitor about the discovery, again, of Noah’s Ark most accurately expresses my own thoughts on the subject. Especially this part:
If this is Noah’s ark, it’s not likely to drastically alter the perspectives of theists or atheists, says Eire. Fundamentalists would remain committed to a literal interpretation of the Bible while non-believers would continue to demand more evidence. Christians believe out of faith, not evidence, says Dr. Morris of the Institute for Creation Research.
“It would not prove anything to me,” says Morris. “My faith is not in Noah’s ark. But it would be an obvious physical confirmation based on what I believe.”
Not only am I skeptical about the findings, but also the motivation behind the findings. People out to prove Christianity by finding artifacts from Bible stories, I feel, are wasting their time. Now I know that might get me in trouble, but hear me out. There is no way to prove anything to anyone who doesn’t want to believe. I mean I could believe that we didn’t walk on the moon, or that George Washington didn’t exist, and no matter what you do or show me, I can hold firmly to that. I think thats why its called faith. Like it or not, its about trusting, not physical evidence.
Or is it?
Again, I am going to get on my soapbox. What if the Christian community stopped trying to prove the stories of the Bible, from the past, and started trying to prove WE are who we say we are, filled with the Holy Spirit, children of the God whose Kingdom is forever and whose banner is love?
Yes, I think that evidence is important to some people, maybe those who think more scientifically, but finding an old wooden ship on a mountain isn’t going to prove anything to people who are not looking for God or the Truth. People who have not experienced God or his love in the present are not going to care if it is proved that he has worked in the past.
I know that I am making sweeping generalizations and that there are exceptions and that God can work in all things, but I know that the Church should be less focused on proving our faith and more focused on living it out for the world to see. I think that would be more compelling evidence.