It is common place in today’s society to insert the term “faith” into our dialog, especially in political races when a politician is seeking to get a certain religious block vote. But have you ever considered what the term “faith” means? What is real faith? And what is faith based on? Very few people have any idea of what Biblical faith really is. Hopefully, we can begin you down the road of understanding what the Christian concept of faith really is.
The typical concept of faith
The common concept of faith is that it is some type of nebulous belief in some spiritual concept of why we human beings are here. In America the most prominent of these spiritual concepts is that of Christianity. But even among the Christian faith believers there are varying concepts of what faith really means.
To some, faith is a set of rules by which their particular group is governed or a set of guidelines by which they direct their personal and group lives. Most of these guidelines are good and should be highly encouraged for all society. But are these rules and guidelines really what faith is?
What faith really is
Moving on from what society thinks faith is, let us look at what the book that defines faith says that it is. In Hebrews 11:1 it says that “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” So, rather than the nebulous undefined product that society thinks it is, faith is a real thing based on evidence.
Contrast that to what materialistic humanistic science says. Humanism says faith is not based on evidence but on so-called beliefs. They define belief as unfounded concepts. Many religions are just that. But Christianity is not. The faith of Christianity is based on evidence.
Humanists like to chide Christians because of their beliefs. Humanists exalt the personal experience and natural observations as the pinnacle of human evolution. They preach that all things came into exist out of nothing. Now, would you say that that is a statement of faith? How can you test it or try to falsify it? You can not. According to the definition of science it would be outside the realm of science and in the realm of a “belief”.
But they stand firmly behind their statement of faith. Should they not remove themselves from the category of scientific and be considered a religion since their beliefs are not founded on scientific principles and laws. Nor do said laws support their standing. To be realistic, the humanistic materialist view of the universe is more religious than the Christian world view of creation.
What is real faith based on
Real faith, as defined in the Bible, is based on evidence. Many people look down on the apostle Thomas calling him “Doubting Thomas”. They say that because of his first response to hearing that Jesus had risen from the dead. He said, “Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails and thrust my hand in his side, I will not believe.” Thomas was not saying that he was doubting the resurrection, but that he wanted some proof. And that is a fair request. Sure enough though, eight days later Jesus appeared to Thomas. Thomas knew for a fact that Jesus was risen from the dead. Jesus did not demean Thomas for his request but rather He granted Thomas his request. Real faith is based on evidence.
Christian faith is based on real physical and scientific evidence. It is based on the fact that a real man, Jesus, lived on the earth about 2000 years ago. He claimed to be God and man embodied in a human being. He established this by many works which were naturally impossible. Because He was truly God and man He could do these miraculous things.
- His mother conceived Him when she was a virgin
- He turned water into wine
- He walked on water as if it were dry land
- He fed five thousand men plus women and children with only five rolls and a few fish
- He healed lame people
- He gave sight to the blind
- He raised a man from the dead who had been in the grave four days
- He made deaf people hear
- He gave the ability to speak to the mute
- He cast out demons
- But the greatest of all His miracles is that He arose from death itself and proclaimed victory over sin and death
According to the Bible there were upwards of five hundred people who gladly attested to the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. He not only rose from and conquered death but He ascended into heaven where He sits at the right hand of God the Father and He makes intercession for all who believe in Him.
You may question all of this. And you have every right to do so. But I will tell you this. If you would be honest and take a little time to study the facts as they are laid out in the history book called the Bible, and test them against real science and real scientific findings you will soon come to the conclusion of the reality of Jesus. By studying the evidence and not just what other people tell you, you will discover that the Christian faith is not an ethereal illusion but is a fact based belief system founded not only on Biblical principles but also on well-founded scientific principles.
You will discover that secular humanists(evolutionists, etc) found their beliefs on things which have consistently been falsified by sound scientific laws. They preach that all things came from nothing, thereby pitting themselves against the first law of thermodynamics. They claim that somehow the explosion of the “Big Bang” ordered itself into the galaxies and star systems which make up our universe and thereby pit themselves against the second law of thermodynamics.
By saying that a singularity caused “The Big Bang” they deny the law of cause and effect.
By preaching that evolution has brought about all living things that we see by one first living cell which somehow grew in complexity and then spawn more cells that grew into more complex cells until humans finally arrived after billions of years, they thereby deny the facts that science has shown how from one generation to the next in every living cell mutations occur. These mutations subtract information from the DNA, no matter what the living thing is.
Now, would you call something that is contrary to every sound scientific principle and has continually been falsified a science or a belief? Hence, a religion. It takes blind faith to believe the religion of evolution and all the trappings that go with it.
If you are interested in a “Real Faith”, then I encourage you to get a copy of the Bible and read it from cover to cover several times. By reading the Bible the Creator and Author of the Bible guarantees you that He will give you faith(evidence based faith) by which you can receive His promised gift of eternal life with Him.
The choice is yours. May God grant you grace and wisdom as you choose.