Archive for July, 2011

“My Faith is the evidence of things unseen”

July 16, 2011

This post’s title comes from the song “Mind’s Eye” by DC Talk. Before I address this line, however, here is an excerpt from the first verse of that song:

Can you catch the wind?
See a breeze?
Its presence is revealed by the leaves on a tree
An image of my faith in the unseen

This analogy fails miserably. No one needs to have faith in the wind, because anyone who has ever been outside can feel the wind. Furthermore, the wind is something that scientists can study, understand, and make predictions about; if it were not so, we would not have tornado warnings here in Kansas. If the Christian God exists, then we most certainly cannot say these things about Him. So this analogy merely serves to highlight the difference between faith and science.

So what about the line with which I titled this post? It resembles the second half of Hebrews 11:1, though modern Bible translations use words such as “conviction” (ESV) and “assurance” (NIV) rather than “evidence” (as the KJV does). Still, what does it mean to say, “My faith is the evidence of things unseen”? Does it mean that the faith that Christians have in their God is itself evidence that He is real? Does it mean that there could not possibly be so many Christians if this God were not real? Then what about other religions? Christianity is not the only religion with a substantial number of believers.

Given that we have multiple religions with substantial numbers of believers, and that each of these claims that it alone is true, how can one rationally decide which one really is true? If any of these religions is true, it must have extraordinary evidence to back it up. My brother David told me, in response to my previous post, that the way Jesus changes people’s lives is extraordinary. But stories of positive, long-term change are suspect because we are only beginning to truly understand the human mind. When something happens in the mind that we do not understand, we should not say, “It’s God.” It would be much better to simply answer, “I don’t know.”

So it seems to me that the evidence for Christianity is still sorely lacking. Rhetoric certainly can persuade a lapsed believer to believe again, but that is not rational belief based on evidence.