“. . . without faith it is impossible to please God . . .”so I just read.
Some would call faith the opposite of the scientific mindset. Best, however, if the scientific method and the way of faith peacefully coexist, even complement each other.
Currently, our culture favors the material, the natural, the satisfaction of physical needs above all else. If it can’t be proven, felt, or eaten, flick it off. Faith, however, is associated with things not seen. With things not scientifically verifiable.
Faith begins with a belief in that which is not verified in the scientific sense.
But don’t all actions, decisions, and beliefs begin with faith? We sit in chairs because we have faith they’ll hold us up. We turn on computers with the faith they’ll help us in our tasks.
And scientists advance scientific theories because they believe those theories before they prove them.
Sometimes chairs fall apart. Computer programs can crash.
But we have to start somewhere, and faith is where we begin as soon as we wake in the morning.
The best faith surely, is one we have run through our reasoning capacities before we test it. Jesus said to “count the cost” before beginning a journey. And faith is a journey. If, after examining a situation with our limited knowledge and concluding we have enough faith to test it, we begin.
The chair has always held me up and appears still strong, so I sit in it.
My computer worked yesterday and my antivirus software is in place, so I turn it on.
I decide that the other to whom I am attracted has traits I desire in a spouse, so I commit myself in marriage.
I follow the way of Christ because I believe the way of love that Christ taught makes the most sense of any other way I know about.
Peter, when asked by Christ why he and the other disciples still followed him when others had dropped away, replied: “You have the words of eternal life.”
Who wouldn’t follow a person able to bestow eternal life? Peter couldn’t prove that, but living with Jesus and seeing things he did and listening to his teachings brought Peter to the belief that Jesus was eternal and offered eternal life to his followers.
Ann Gaylia O'Barr, author of Singing in Babylon, Searching for Home, Quiet Deception and Distant Thunder (all OakTara), was a Foreign Service Officer in the United States Department of State from 1990 to 2004. Assignments included tours in U.S. embassies and consulates in Saudi Arabia (Jeddah and Dhahran), Algeria, Canada, Tunisia, and Washington, D.C. (Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and Bureau of Intelligence and Research).