A couple of weeks ago a video went viral of a lady walking along the pavement and falling unexpectedly into a 20-foot hole. Did you see it?
Well, here’s the thing. If you listen to the neo-atheists’ version of what ‘faith’ is, she had it coming. She stepped onto that pavement slab by blind faith, and her folly was revealed as she fell.
Of course, the atheist at this point will say something like: ‘No, that’s not faith, her entire life she’s seen and experienced pavements supporting people’s weights; she was using reason to guide her choice to step onto it.’
Well, I disagree. Faith is not the opposite of reason, it’s the result of reason.
Think about it – I have faith that God answers prayer. And when I pray and see a result, does my faith grow or shrink? It grows! Faith, therefore, is certainly not ‘belief contrary to evidence,’ as many would have us believe.
Or think about an everyday occurrence. I have faith that my bed will support my weight, so I lie on it. A bit ago my faith was exposed when the bed collapsed while I lay on it…
So faith’s not contrary to the evidence, it turns out that the strength of my faith actually means nothing whatsoever; what matters is the stability of the pavement, or the bed, or whatever I’m willing to rely on.
On Christ the solid rock I stand.
All other ground is sinking sand.