Do Christians Bear the Burden of Proof?

Posted: May 7, 2012 by Brett Kunkle in God is Real, Truth Matters

Last weekend, I spoke at Antioch Church in Bend, Oregon.  In between their first and second service, they host a time of Q & A called Redux. Here I answer the question, “Do Christians bear the burden of proof?”

  1. How about proving just one prophesy about when Christ Jesus came to Earth that didn’t happen.

    • David Dingler says:

      Isaiah 7:14 – “The virgin shall be with child and bare a son and call his name Immanuel.” Jesus wasn’t named Imannuel.

  2. Matthew 1:22, 23, NLT: All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”

    These verses beg to differ on Isaiah’s prophesy being unfulfilled.

  3. David Dingler says:

    The prophesy doesn’t say the messiah would *be* Immanuel (which actually means “the immanence of God”) but would be *named* Immanuel. So Jesus wouldn’t have fulfilled it if he *had* been God. It seems to me that this absolutely disproves him.

  4. Aaron says:

    The literal Hebrew is “God with us”.

    Jesus was called many other names as well. Isaiah 9:6-7

    6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

  5. Billy Sparks says:

    Romans 3:4 should be remembered when trying to understand scripture. Any attempt to place our ability to perceive over the supreme Truth of God is utterly foolish. Hopefully when you say, “this absolutely disproved him” you’re not trying to say that Jesus is not God…..because He is and was and will be forever. Truth is not subjective.

  6. Billy Sparks says:

    As for the original question: 1Thessalonians 2:13- we thank God that you received the Word as the Word of God (paraphrase). God is thanked here. 2Timothy 2:22-26- God has to grant repentance, but we are to teach. I think it is like with Esther, Moses or Jonah. When they were obedient, God worked through that. Evidence, while it is abundant for proving that God exists (Romans 1) it is not what will cause people to believe ( the rich man and Lazarus, Israelites coming out of Egypt and being mad at Moses, and on and on). Burden of proof is an interesting setting for discussing a topic that is actually the only topic (Alpha and Omega). What else is there but God? There were three crosses. The criminal on one side believed and the other didn’t and the Truth that is Christ remained Eternal. I’ll end with John 10:26.