Gospel of Luke 11:14-23 Reflection:
In today’s gospel we see a problem that is rife in the world at the moment; people’s refusal to believe in God. Jesus was casting out demons and the Pharisees couldn’t accept him or what he was doing so instead of looking at why they didn’t believe they turned the argument back against Jesus by saying that he drove out demon through the power of the devil.
The important point is that the Pharisees were simply unwilling to believe. It is the same in every generation. Although the Pharisees claimed to believe in God they would not accept his messenger. When Jesus showed the ‘signs’ of who he was through his miracles the Pharisees grew to hate him more.
It is slightly different today but still the same principle. Science has shown that there had to be a moment of creation and that everything points to a beginning but people simply won’t believe in a creator. And no amount of arguing and persuasion will move them because like the Pharisees it is not a matter of proof; their minds are already made up, they have chosen not to believe.
That is the basic dilemma for humanity, the choice of whether or not we believe in God. For some this is a hard choice because they have it in their head that if they believe in God they somehow have to serve him or else they become weak and powerless.
Pride is at the root of all this. Pride says that I can choose for myself without regard to anyone else. But believing in God or, in the case of the Pharisees, believing that Jesus is God, means that we have to take account of what God and Jesus says.
Now, to a modern scientific man, just as to a rich proud Pharisee, that would never do!