mere curiosity or skepticism, as in the case of the Jews who sought a sign from heaven.
<401239> Matthew 12:39 ? ?An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet.? Tyndall?s prayer-gauge would ensure a conflict of prayers. Since our present life is a moral probation, delay in the answer to our prayers and even the denial of specific things for which we pray may be only signs of God?s faithfulness and love. George Muller: ?I myself have been bringing certain requests before God now for seventeen years and six months, and never a day has passed without my praying concerning them all this time; yet the full answer has not come up to the present. But I look for it; I confidently expect it.? Christ?s prayer, ?let this cup pass away from me? ( <402639>Matthew 26:39) and Paul?s prayer that the ?thorn in the flesh? might depart from him <471207>2 Corinthians 12:7, 8) were not answered in the precise way requested. No more are our prayers always answered in the way we expect. Christ?s prayer was not answered by the literal removing of the cup because the drinking of the cup was really his glory, and Paul?s prayer was not answered by the literal removal of the thorn because the thorn was needful for his own perfecting. In the case of both Jesus and Paul, there were larger interests to be consulted than their own freedom from suffering.
(d) Since God?s will is the link between prayer and its answer, there can be no such thing as a physical demonstration of its efficacy in any proposed case. Physical tests have no application to things into which free will enters as a constitutive element. But there are moral tests and moral tests are as scientific as physical tests can be.
Diman, Theistic Argument, 576, alludes to Goldwin Smith?s denial that any scientific method can be applied to history because it would make man a necessary link in a chain of cause and effect and so would deny his free will. But Diman says this is no more impossible than the development of the individual according to a fixed law of growth while yet free will is sedulously respected. Froude says history is not a science because no science could foretell Mohammedanism or Buddhism and Goldwin Smith says that ?prediction is the crown of all science.? But, as Diman remarks: ?geometry, geology, physiology are sciences, yet they do not predict? Buckle brought history into contempt by asserting that it could be analyzed and referred solely to intellectual laws and forces. To all this we reply that there may be scientific tests, which are not physical, or even intellectual, but only moral. Such a test God urges his people to use;
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