“Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. For our ancestors won God’s approval by it. By faith we understand that the universe was created by God’s command; so that what is seen has been made from things that are not visible.” Hebrews 11:1-3
And then you stop reading and ponder this for a second, does it require faith to this day to believe that God made something from nothing? In physics and chemistry it is impossible for us to create something from nothing. As far as I am aware, humans cannot do it. How can we understand this statement then? Faith alone?
Should we say that anything that cannot currently be explained by science can be filled in with faith? Does that sound reliable to you? It seemed to serve our ancestors well, or did it?
We need to question our faith. Faith to keep your fears away does not seem like true faith. It seems like a child’s blanket, stuffed animal, thumb-sucking, or night-light to help cope with your fears. Within Christianity we are encouraged to be afraid of God because God has the power to destroy the soul. “Don’t fear those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; rather, fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” –Matthew 10:28 Paul encourages us to work out our own salvation with ‘fear and trembling’ in his letter to the Philippian’s church. Even in the wisdom literature of Ecclesiastes we’re admonished that the purpose of life is to “fear God and obey what He commands.”
But what of Paul’s statement regarding fear when addressing his protegé, Timothy? “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind”? But wait, Paul then talks about sharing the story of Jesus and the foundation of the Christian faith. The fear Paul seems to be addressing is the same fear Matthew wrote about – the fear of mankind. As a Christian you are not to be afraid of the opinions and thoughts of other people.
Back to the topic at hand. Faith. So if your faith is in place to keep you from being afraid of the unknown then your faith is misplaced. That is not faith that is littered throughout scripture. Faith that is written about in the Christian Bible is powerful. It is encouraging. It is confident, humble, gentle, and authoritative. It is honoring.
Is that your faith? Not mine. I am struggling to exercise my faith in most any form other than intellectually.
What about science though?
Don’t fear it. Embrace it. If your God is as big, amazing, and powerful as you claim then God has nothing to fear from man’s science. I would also caution you not to believe all that you hear or read from secondary sources (media outlets, journals, magazines, television programming, et.al.). If you are not reading the study for yourself then be leery of conclusions that others present. You can’t read every report or study so cross check your current sources of information to see if they are consistent with your own conclusions.
The reality, however, is that we seek validation for our current beliefs and it typically takes major life events to get us to believe something else. Which begs the question, is your faith really faith at all? or is it really your culture – the way of life you choose to live (associating with like-minded people, in comfortable situations, etc…)? What is faith? According to the author of Hebrews it is reality and proof of unseen things.