We all have Faith.
We exercise Faith every day whether we are at home, in the car, or on the job. Just think: you and countless strangers drive way too fast and pass within a handshake of each other without a second thought! You don’t know whether they’ll stay in their lane…you have Faith that they will.
Faith is believing despite having incomplete evidence.
Most of us have trouble with “incomplete evidence”. We try to control every part of our lives, and exercising our Faith means giving up some control. When we trust, we give a measure of control away. We do this every time we sit in a chair. If we demanded proof of the chair’s strength, we’d never sit! Instead, we place our Faith in it, not really knowing whether it will collapse.
Faith doesn’t eliminate the need for caution.
An Arab proverb says, “Trust in God, but tie up your camel”. Faith is trusting, but it is not blind trust. Blind trust is dangerous, like driving with your eyes closed. If you drove your car with blind trust, you’d be headed for trouble!
A place to start:
- I believe that the universe was created with purpose.
- I believe that its Creator is fully characterized in the Bible.
- I believe man to be the pinnacle of God’s creation, created for communion with Him.
Faith is not closed-minded.
While there is ample evidence for this Faith, there is also evidence that points elsewhere. I know that many do not believe in a Creator, while others believe in a god other than the one found in the Bible.
Faith is a choice.
Sound evidence and sound reasoning are an integral part of Faith…but Faith includes more than that. Remember, Faith is believing despite having incomplete evidence. No one has all of the answers, and so each of us (if we are to believe anything at all) must temporarily suspend final judgement and take a ‘leap of Faith’. I have chosen to take that leap, and so I temporarily suspend final judgement. It is important that we examine all of the evidence, but it is not necessary to make a final determination.
If we view each new piece of evidence as authoritative, we will bend with every wind, fad, and rumor. If we view each new piece of evidence as a threat to our Faith, we will close our eyes to every new truth.
Faith is not static.
Our Faith changes as we change. If we lack knowledge, our Faith is stunted. If we seek knowledge, our Faith can grow strong. Truth doesn’t stand alone…it is surrounded by more Truth. If we seek Truth, we will find it. If we don’t seek Truth, we become victims of our own ignorance. So, seek Truth. Look for it everywhere, because that’s where it is. Don’t be foolish and believe everything…and don’t be cynical and believe nothing. Go with what you know, and take the rest one step at a time. You might actually like it!