I recently read an online article written by a Christian who defended his choice to teach his children about God and Christianity. As might be expected, the editorial responses ranged from praise to ridicule to hostility. Many quoted Biblical passages out of context as proof that Christianity was man-made and full of contradictions.
I usually gloss over these responses but one did catch my eye.
“...yet when people ask me do you believe in GOD ... I say ..well I just believe in FAITH... it's different for everyone.”
This person’s viewpoint is not unique. A quick search on the internet reveals numerous articles proclaiming that it is faith, and not God, a god, or a religion, that is important. A corollary to this is while they may believe in the existence of God, they aver that no human mind can ever truly understand or comprehend an infinite Being. Therefore, their lives and discussions center upon experiencing God rather than understanding and knowing Him.
How much do you need to know about God before it is too much and you don’t need to go any further? How do you decide that some knowledge and facts about God are valid while other facts are unknowable? At what point do you need to limit your knowledge of God?
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)
The is how the Bible defines faith. But faith needs to be rooted in a subject or object. Some people place their faith in money or their occupation or education. Some place their faith in themselves. Still others place it in a God they deem unknowable. But God has revealed Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ!
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Hebrews 11:6 (ESV)
If you believe in God, wouldn’t you like to know as much as you can about Him? Wouldn’t you desire to know why He created you instead of conjuring your own ideas of who God is and why He placed you on this earth? Why do you ignore the real questions about life when all the answers have been written down for centuries in the Bible?
Faith is important but it is the object of faith that solely matters-Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.