The Evidence of Faith

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the people of old received their commendation. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Heb 11:1–3). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

The modern era considers two issues diametrically opposed. Science, according to the world, is that which we believe with fact and data. Faith is that which we believe without evidence. Nothing could be further from the truth.

As the author of Hebrews tell us, faith is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Just because something is not seen to us does not mean it has not been seen. We do not see the air we breathe, but we feel it when the wind blows and when we inhale and exhale.

We know historically that Jesus was a real person. We know historically that he had brothers. We know historically that he had friends. We know historically — as a fact — that Jesus of Nazareth rose again from the dead. There were eyewitnesses. They documented it. His brothers, who had rejected him in life, were willing to die proclaiming Jesus the risen Lord.

But take that all away. Take away the histories. Take away the eyewitnesses. What is left? The Gospel’s call in your own life is a powerful witness to the reality of Jesus. You have not seen Jesus, but by faith you believe in him. Why? Because you have felt his transformative power in your life. You have felt him raise you up. You have felt him hold you in the storm. You have felt him working in your life laying a path for you that you did not even expect.

You have seen great heights and great lows and through it all you have smiled when others cried and held fast when others withered. You did it because of the gospel in your life.

Take away the history. Take away the eyewitnesses. Your faith is not premised on some believe without evidence. You are the evidence. You are the witness. Jesus has worked in your life and through you Jesus is working in the world.

The dichotomy between science and faith is a false one. Both have an evidentiary basis. But only one can be seen not through laboratory experiment, but through the light of your life shining in the darkness and chaos of this world.

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Erick Erickson

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