first, i wanted to share something from the word:
“And he said,
‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house — for I have five brothers — in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’“But Abraham said,
‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’“But he said,‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’“But he said to him,‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’”(Luke 16:27-31)
case in point --
But the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death also; because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and were believing in Jesus.
These things Jesus spoke, and He went away and hid Himself from them. But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him. This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet which he spoke:
“Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”For this reason they could not believe, for Isaiah said again,
“He has blinded their eyes and He hardened their heart, so that they would not see with their eyes and perceive with their heart, and be converted and I heal them.”These things Isaiah said because he saw His glory, and he spoke of Him.
so anyway, this thread --
sometimes no matter what you show a person, no matter how cogent and sound an argument you present, no matter what perfect rationale, what convincing proofs, no matter how overwhelming the evidence . . . sometimes people will not be turned. sometimes people are hardened, set in a belief, in an idea, a preconception - too given to something to accept the truth.
have you met people like this?
how are others like this?
how are you like this?
how am i like this?
what is the wise thing to do, when you see this?
what if it's someone you love - is the wise thing the same?
what can i do about it if you are like this?
what can i do if i am like this?
am i like this?
would i even know?