So, is faith blind? Is faith a matter of believing in something that we cannot see, hear, taste, touch or feel? What is faith? Is it some psychological state of mind that allows us to believe in something or someone that does not exist? When someone says, “I have faith in God”, what does that really mean?
At a time in my life, I had to reconcile these questions. Growing up in the church, I had heard the word faith over and over again, but the only definition given was Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
But what does that really mean? It almost seems like a contradiction rather than a definition. I mean, everyone else says that faith is hoping in something that you can’t see, feel, hear or touch. Even the dictionary says faith is a “firm belief in something for which there is no proof”. Now we have just encountered a problem. The Hebrews 11 definition seems to contradict the dictionary. Oh no, what ever shall we do?
Let me ask this, ‘If faith is a belief in something that cannot be proven’, then it would come to reason that the faith is a theoretical based system. Let’s think about this for a moment. If something cannot be proven, but someone believes in it, it would then become a theory until completely proven, right?
In science, something cannot be considered a law of nature, physics or chemistry until there is solid evidence that the theory exists. When a specific number of proofs are then seen, in a tangible way, it is only then called a law. So what about evolution? Why is it still called ‘the theory of evolution’ if everyone believes it to be true. A lot of people have “faith” in our current scientific “discoveries” so should this theory be called ‘the law of evolution?’
So if faith in God is simply a belief that cannot be proven, then is God simply a theoretical mindset? Or is there something else to this? Is it possible that God really exists in a tangible and real way? Do demons and angels really exist or was that postulated by some uneducated morons and imbeciles? If these are just simply uneducated, then why do so many people, who are highly educated, still believe in God?
Here is what I believe about faith….
The real definition of faith is – ‘allegiance to duty or a person; fidelity (accurate) to one’s promises’. This means that faith is not just something fly-by-night. It is a commitment to God caused by believing in His very accurate promises.
The word fidelity means accurate to the extreme. It is so accurate that it has to be true. So, faith is a total commitment to God and believing in God’s promises, so how does this equate to the Hebrews 11 definition? Here it is again, piece by piece…
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for….” – Knowing and completely trusting…(the original definition of hope is trust)
“…and certain of what we do not see.” – Knowing (with evidence) in a God we cannot physically see.
So faith is simply knowing and completely trusting in a God we cannot see but the evidence exists to allow him to be Truth and not theory. So what evidence do we have? This is where you come in. Simply reply with what tangible evidence you have that God is alive and well. If you feel God doesn’t exist, then reply with the tangible evidence you have. Either way, I am looking for your input. Remember, whatever evidence you bring must be tangible and not theoretical. I’ll update this later on, depending on the responses.
Let’s see what you come up with. God bless and think today.