Reliable Evidence

26 08 2008

          Most people think the difference between a Christian and a non-Christian is faith. The Christian has faith and the non-Christian does not. In one way this is true but in another it is not.

          Some think of faith as a mental twilight zone that allows Christians to accept things that non-Christians could not possibly accept for lack of reliable evidence. In other words, they think that faith is an irrational leap in the dark.

          The idea that believing by faith is the opposite of believing by evidence is mistaken. Christian faith is based on evidence. It rests upon the evidence of the Old Testament and the New Testament, the historical record of Jesus and the Apostles, the witness of the saints down through the ages, fulfilled prophecy, every transformed Christian life, and even rationality.

          Creation itself is a powerful reason for faith in God. Everything that begins to exist has a cause. The universe began to exist. Therefore, the universe has a cause. The cause of the universe must transcend and be independent of the universe. The cause of the universe also has to be something big enough and powerful enough to actually cause the universe. That something is God.

          The complexity of creation is also a reason for faith in God. The more we discover about our planet and its place in the universe the more we see the incredibly complex fine-tuning of an all-wise designer.

          Even outrage over injustice is a reason for faith in God. Non-believers often say that if God existed He would not allow such awful injustice in the world. But wait, injustice means some moral standard has been violated. Yet without God there is no absolute standard of right or wrong and if there is no standard there can be no way to determine what is or is not just. So without God there is no such thing as injustice. Yet injustice is real. We all know it because we were created by a moral God.   

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2 responses

27 08 2008
Neal Pumphrey

Bro. Kenneth,

Great post. Kudos for the inclusion of the kalam cosmological argument. It is very simple yet very effective.

27 08 2008
theepiphany

Oooh, I really like this post. Great reasoning!

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