“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old received divine approval. By faith we understand that the world was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was made out of things which do not appear.”
“And without faith it is impossible to please him. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
1 Corinthians 15:12-22
“Now if Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”
We have all had those conversations: “is there a God?” or “How do you know there is a God?” or “Why does He not make His existence more clear?” These questions have ended many a dinner party or friendship; it has divided communities and precipitated wars. Just the very definition of faith means that we are to believe in something we do not see. To have 100% concrete proof that God IS means we no longer need faith, which is the essential ingredient to our relationship with God, and necessary for our salvation.
This question is a difficult one for man because we like to deal in certainties. Give me the cold, hard facts and upon them I will make my decision. To have faith makes us vulnerable and man wants to be in control. He wants to know for sure. Are we not wary of the person that comes to us and says, “trust me”?. The world looks at such people who trust like that as naïve or gullible. That is why Humanism and science without the acknowledgment of God are increasing. Obviously, my bias is evident but one way or the other we have to make a decision. You cannot sit on the fence with this question because by not making a decision you are making a decision. You cannot be sort of pregnant, you either are or you are not. Either you believe or you do not. You have faith or you do not. There is a God or there is not.
I have faith there is a God but I do not, I believe, have a blind faith. I have been studying the bible now for some twenty-seven years, which I believe (there is that word again) is the written word of God. I have looked at it from an historical, geographic, prophetic, societal and archaeological perspective and I have not found it disproved; in fact, I am strengthened all the more that there is a God. He has a plan and a purpose for every man and woman and I find that very positive, uplifting, strengthening and humbling. If nothing else, if it does turn out to be untrue that there is a God, my belief in Him has caused me to live a life of loving my neighbour, and given me purpose and hope during the time I have had on this planet that was made by chance.
Is it true there is a God? I am betting my life on it.