Monday, May 14, 2007

"And without is not possible."

"Faith is believing in what you know is not true." Waggish wisdom at best. "Faith is believing in what you hope is true." This is getting more to the heart of the matter. It takes faith to believe some things, because everything is not obvious. Like... we all believe in gravity. We've never seen it, but we believe in it because we all seem to be held to the ground. And it's better than believing "there is no such thing as gravity, the Earth sucks."

Most of don't really understand the physics formula for gravity:

We just believe it because it works. But since we have no reason why, we take it on faith. But that doesn't mean faith is mindless or irrational. We believe in gravity, not believe we can see it or understand it, but because we see the evidence of it.

We all walk through life, seeing evidence for things and believing they exist but not really understanding why or how they exist. Take for example this text your reading. You take it on faith that your eyes are able to read this text. But do you know for sure that what your eyes are seeing is reality. No, not really. You no have way of proving that what your eyes see, really exists. But, you will keep on reading, and believing that there is a connection between what you see and that you see.

You get up in the morning, put your feet on the floor, having faith that because your stood on it last night, you can still stand on it today. You test this every moment. We are all empirical reality testers. And because your test comes up positive, you believe in the existence of the floor. And you will continue to believe until the day your feet fall through the floor. I feel (the floor) therefore I believe. My sensation is connected to reality.

Not one of us could live in this life without faith: believing in the reality of things we can neither prove or understand.

We feel love for others. Love, where does it come from? From me, from others? We don't know, but we feel it. We know it exists, because we feel the result of it. We can't explain it, we don't understand it, we just believe.

This is the way it is with faith in God. We look around and see the results of God: his creation. We can't prove how it got here, but here it is. We realize it's beyond us. It's immensity, complexity and beauty all reflect the handiwork of an intelligence far beyond our own. So even thought we can't prove his existence or even understand his existence, we believe, because we see the results of his existence.

We have this sense or feeling inside of us that there is something out there. It's bigger than me. It's more real that me. I can't see it, but it's there. Some have called this "the sense of the the numinous." We feel it, but we can't see it. But it's result are there. God's presence, the sense of the numinous, is taken on faith because our sensation is somehow connected to reality.

No one denies the reality of gravity. It is too real. It works everyday. Everyone has a sense of "something beyond." Our eyes tells us it's there, the physical reality around us speaks us it. That sense of something beyond, the wonder of what we see all speak evidence of the reality of God. Do we believe it? We should, we believe so many things that we cannot explain, or understand.

"And without faith it is impossible to please God, for anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he reward those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6.

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