Monday, February 9, 2009

By Faith

Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, is a scientist, atheist, Darwinist featured in the movie Expelled (see previous post). One of his most famous quotes regarding faith states, "Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence." (An interesting side note is that to believe Darwinism there are great leaps of faith where evidence is lacking.)

If you believe the Bible to be true (which I do and also see a great amount of evidence to support the authenticity and reliability of the Bible...a whole other discussion), then you have to take the words from the book of Hebrews to heart. Hebrews 11 has been termed the "Faith Walk." It begins by saying:

"Now faith is the substance (the make-up) of things hoped for, the evidence (or proof) of things not seen. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible." (And not made from a pile of mud, as proposed by Darwinists.)

Then further down in the chapter, "without faith it is impossible to please (God), for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."

Faith is not a cop-out, as Dawkins declares, or an evasion of evidence. If you have faith in God it is not because of lack of evidence, or worse, in light of opposing evidence. Faith is the proof of what we don't see. When we can't progress any further with the question "why" or "how" but we see evidences at every corner pointing in the direction of Divine intervention, then faith.

Faith is evidence because as God's word purports, He rewards those who believe and then diligently seek Him. God has revealed Himself to me so clearly, so personally, on a level that Dawkins will never experience with reason and science. God is real. He is active. He is all-powerful. He is love. And He does reward those who seek Him in faith.

Why faith? Because faith takes us beyond ourselves, beyond the physical, to a place of falling into the arms of the Almighty. Taste and see that He is good.

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