If He Would Just Show Me A Miracle… (Pascal)

Some people say that if God showed them a miracle, they would believe in him.  Blaise Pascal (d.1662) gave an excellent critique of this faulty approach to belief in God.  The following quote is a great apologetic:

“‘If I had seen a miracle,’ they say, ‘I should be converted.’  How can they be positive that they would do what they know nothing about?  They imagine that such a conversion consists in a worship of God conducted, as they picture it, like some exchange or conversation.  True conversion consists in self-annihilation before the universal Being whom we have so often vexed and who is perfectly entitled to destroy us at any moment, in recognizing that we can do nothing without him and that we have deserved nothing but his disfavor.  It consists in knowing that there is an irreconcilable opposition between God and us, and that without a Mediator there can be no exchange.”

Pascal, Pensees, fragment 470.

Shane Lems
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI

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3 comments on “If He Would Just Show Me A Miracle… (Pascal)

  1. Inkhorn says:

    it’s a great topic, of which i am currently reading a powerful book which answers the question brilliantly. one point: Israel saw miracles but it didn’t give them the faith they needed to enter the promised land! “Disappointment with God” by Phillip Yancy, if your interested:)

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