To someone who does not believe in God, or to someone who is undecided, it would seem that believing in God is like taking a leap into the unknown – “the blind leap of faith“. People require proof. Without proof it may seem foolish to stake all on something without evidence. But is that really true that faith is a blind leap?
- Can we, who have put our trust in God, prove to others that we are right?
- Can we prove to ourselves that what we believe is true?
- Does an atheist need faith to stake all on his belief that there is no God?
- Is there more to human existence than what we can experience through our 5 senses?
- What about love? Can we prove love? Is it sensible to drastically alter our lives and commit ourselves to another human being because we believe that person loves us?
- Is faith the opposite to reason? Are we expected to have faith without the belief being reasonable?
- Does being religious automatically mean that we have faith?
- What is the difference between mental consent, believing and faith?
As a child, I was brought up in a Christian family and in a Christian environment. I had a simple faith in God and a child-like experience of His reality. When I reached 15 years old, I found that many of my friends were leaving Sunday School. It was decision time. I could accept the fact that I could know God, or I could reject it. It was a completely free choice I had to make. I decided to follow Jesus, and that decision was for life.
We may not be able to prove to others that God exists, but we can prove to ourselves. Applying logic alone does not prove, or disprove, the reality of God. People are seeking evidence.
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (NIV)
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (AV)
Hebrews 11 talks about faith being substance and evidence, being sure and certain. I believe that faith is available to anybody, and that faith provides substance for our hope and evidence for things we cannot experience through our 5 senses.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made” (Romans 1:20).
We are made in the image of God, and it perfectly reasonable to believe in Him. But our Western mind-set, and simply life itself, prevents us from “seeing” what we were made to see.
“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17)
It is through the message of Jesus that we can have faith, and spiritual insight can be restored. Once we choose to believe, what is reasonable to believe, then faith produces the certainty which we have longed for. Is faith a blind leap in the dark? No, it is the evidence we need to put our whole trust in God and act out our lives with certainty.
“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.”