Read Hebrews 11
Focus on verse 1
Faith is something that we often misunderstand. One of the greatest misconceptions I’ve heard of is that faith is the antithesis of fact. While there may be some truth to the idea that faith begins where concrete evidence ends, yet even some of the things we have believed to be concrete, have turned out to be not so factual. For a long time humanity believed the earth was flat and that the sun revolved around the earth. Science and technology has since proven that we were wrong about that. One can only wonder how many more things we are going to discover that we were wrong about as we continue to venture deeper into the universe around us.
In today’s reading the writer of Hebrews defines what faith is as follows:
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (v. 1)
Many have tried to prove once and for all through scientific methods that the concept or God is a delusion – none have succeeded. In fact in several cases where the one seeking this proof has been honest in the quest, they have concluded that in fact God must exist, since there is more scientific evidence that supports that theory than the theory that He does not exist.
It does take a measure of faith to believe that God is alive and well and active in our world. I believe it takes at least equally as much faith, if not more, to believe that He does not exist. There are of course entire world views that is built upon each of these theories, each of which are very different. What we believe to be true shapes how we view our world. What we believe to be true, however, does not change what is or is not actually true. God either exists – or He does not exist, which means that either those who believe in Him are wrong, or they are right. We cannot have it both ways.