Doubts sowed in use by Satan
There have been many letters to Mailbox about the existence of God. Some people demand proof of God's existence, although the nature of the required proof is not clear.
Perhaps the only acceptable proof for them is when they meet God face to face.
Doubting Thomas was only convinced when he could thrust his hand into Christ's side.
Satan knows full well that God exists, but chooses to go his own evil way. He does his best to sow doubts into the minds of all people.
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He even offered the world to Jesus. He said: "It's mine, but I will give it all to you if you will only bow down and worship me." Christ declined the offer.
This suggests that each of us may be under attack from evil forces at some time or other and we may do our best to make the right choice.
One reason for our doubts is that we all live in an essentially physical world, yet man is both a physical and a spiritual being.
Living in a physical world means most people have little experience of their spiritual side during their lifetimes.
This may hinder our understanding of what is going on. We may be unaware that considerable struggles are going on in Heaven.
God is Love, but Satan works against everything that is good in the world and persuades the people that God is to blame for bad things that happen.
Although we will all endure the death of our physical bodies, our spiritual lives may continue.
The purpose of Christ coming to Earth was to preach the good news that through his sacrifice, people may be saved from their sins.
As for proof of all this, well, I have never seen Antarctica. I am sure it exists... yet can I be absolutely sure because no one has proved it to me?
Nigel Mutimer, Coalville.
In his response to my last letter requesting proof of Christ's existence, via the supporting evidence of contemporary historians who lived at the time of Christ but were independent of any biblical connection, Keith Coleman (Mailbox, September 12) points out that Christ is mentioned by the first century historians Josephus and Tacitus.
However, what Mr Coleman fails to mention is that neither of these writers had been born at the time that Christ is said to have lived (c. 7BC or 5BC— circa 30AD or 33AD).
Josephus was born in AD37, and Tacitus in AD55.
Consequently, their accounts about the life of Christ were written quite a few decades after the events were supposed to have taken place and neither of them was in a position to confirm Christ's existence from direct experience.
If the only material available to them were accounts given by the four Gospel writers Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, whose attestations would eventually form the first four books of the New Testament with descriptions of the life of Christ – all so varied, they sound as if they were played out in four parallel universes – then the reliability of Josephus and Tacitus' writings as factual historical documents is very questionable.
That is unless they had access to the writings of contemporary and reliable independent historians who lived at the time of Christ and could confirm his existence. If that is the case, who were they?
Alan Pendragon South Knighton.
As a 78-year-old woman who has twice had the misfortune of being burgled, I say well done to the couple who shot at the burglars trying to get into their home. I wish I had a gun.
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