Objective proof alone is insufficient…

Indeed, Jesus says of the hard-hearted, “They will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead” (Luke 16:31). Luke tells of many infallible proofs Jesus presented for his resurrection, yet not everyone believed. Sheer objective proof alone is insufficient to produce belief in spiritual matters; one must also be persuaded by the Holy Spirit. And even then, the will can “resist the Holy Spirit” (Acts 7:51).

Norman Geisler, from The Apologetics of Jesus, p. 173

It is not placed over against reason…

The testimonium (of the Holy Spirit) is not placed over against reason as a form of mysticism or subjectivism. Rather, it goes beyond and transcends reason.

R. C. Sproul, quoted in Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics by Norman Geisler, under the topic ‘Noetic Effects of Sin’

The Spirit is the Spirit of truth…

There is a false conception out there, that when the Holy Spirit works to convince someone it’s never reasonable or logical. If it’s the work of the Spirit, they just believe. They don’t know why they believe or how they believe, they just sort of find themselves believing like you’d find yourself having the flu. Continue reading