Is it Faith or Reason
You would think that human being logical would always base their
decisions in reason. However, the more you look, the more you realize people
do not make decisions based on reason. Purpose of marketing to persuade people
to separate from their hard earned money. If our buying decisions were based
on reasoning, marketing would have given out facts about their product, but
they never do that. Marketing uses emotion to create a need in you. Not only
in purchasing good, but in other aspect of life, people do not use reasoning.
If people are rational, there would never be the lottery or gambling. Las Vegas
would never have existed. Even stock market is not based on reason. It goes
thru boom and crash cycle. The fundamentals never drove stock buying decision.
Good engineers are usually bad at stock market because they try to reason out
every. Fear sets in and they sell at the bottom. All these decisions are not
based on reason, but it does give people hope. Maybe that is what they are after
even if is one in a million chance of winning the lottery.
Atheists claim their belief is based on reason unlike Christians. Science discoveries
and experiments had never proven the origin of life nor random mutation being
the cause of increasing sophistication in fossil record. To say there is no
God when you cannot give concrete proved would not be a fact based reasoning.
Thru out history, there are times when science seemed to have shown there is
no God, and other times when science seems to show the world is too complex
for there to be no God. In the 1953 with the Miller-Urey experiment, scientist
think life will soon be created in test tubes. They would start creating simple
single cell animal. People believed that will be proof there is no God.
With increase in scientific knowledge the pendulum swings the other way. We
now know cells are mind boggling complex. Experiments never produced anything
even close to resembling lifeforms. It could not even produce several strands
of useful protein that can self-replicate and does a simple function. We now
know even the very physical constants of the universe itself has to be finely
tuned for formation of planets and life. Even the famous atheist physicist Steven
Hawkins understands the finely tuned universe. He spent the rest of his life
trying to proof existence of infinite or near infinite number of universe called
multiverse so just one happen to hit all the numbers right.
Currently, the proof there is no God looks less promising. But atheist still
believed there is no God and Christians still believed there is God. Scientific
discoveries changes all the time. The pendulum can easily swing the other way
to point to a universe without God. The pendulum has been swinging throughout
history. Regardless, whichever way science points people’s mind never
People say I don’t have faith to follow Jesus. Actually, we all have
faith. Life itself requires faith. Without faith, there is no hope and people
die emotionally and physically. Faith is what gets us out of bed in the morning.
We believe if we study hard, we will get a job. That is faith. Life is uncertain.
Anything can happen. We can die tonight like many people do. We have faith we
will live a long and useful life. Faith in Jesus is the same except we look
to please God instead of ourselves. In the end God gives us the peace and completeness
“For since the creation of the world His
invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are
made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because
although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor where thankful,
but became futile in their thoughts”
When it comes to something as important as knowing God our creator, the truth
is self-evident truth. Everyone already knows the reality. When you look at
the night sky, the nature, the ocean, or any of God’s creation, everyone
agrees it is amazing. Nobody who studied astronomy is not amazed at our universe.
Nobody who studied science is not amazed at the workings of our universe from
the quantum physics to black holes. Those who studied animals are equally amazed.
Is self-evident and we know there is God.
So why do people not acknowledge God? Because knowing the reality is one thing,
but believing is another altogether. There is more at work than simple reasoning,
otherwise, everyone would be a Christian. There comes a point where you have
to have a desire to do God's will. That desire is a huge gap to jump. It is
obvious God created the universe, but it still takes faith to believe it. That
is where the dividing line between knowledge and faith comes in. When it comes
to God, he lets you know he is there, but not necessary allows you to believe
it. Believing that God created the universe still takes faith even though it
“By faith we understand that the worlds
were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made
of things which are visible”
In order to believe that God created, you have to want to acknowledge
Him. If you don’t want to, you will not be able to believe. When God said
I want you to have faith, the prerequisite to faith is the desire to acknowledge
Him. God first of all wants us to have the desire to seek Him. He has given
us all the evidence in the world (no pun intended) that he is there, now is
up to our desire to seek Him. The desire then produces faith. Therefore, when
Paul said without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6), the way
to translate that is when we don’t have the desire to seek God, it is
impossible to please Him. However, as Jesus said, seek and you shall find.
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