30/30. Glasses. Sight. Faith is NonSense

17 02 2009

why-i-believe-main-image04We began “Why I Believe” Series last Sunday. It’s a different than our typical series at Epic. Our goal was to discuss some of the tough questions about God and take a more intellectual approach to rethink faith, belief, and most of all the way that God relates to us.

Sometimes people ask me “Why doesn’t god give us tangible evidence for himself? Why doesn’t he give us concrete proof that he is real?” As I thought about it more, it hit me that faith is a non sense. We have five senses – touch, taste, sight, smell, sound. Usually when we sense something with one of those five, we believe that it’s real. The hear music, so we know it’s real. The smell dinner, so we know it’s time to eat. But faith isn’t one of those five. Faith is a NON sense. We can’t sense God with our senses, but that doesn’t mean that He is not real.

In fifth grade, they tested the eyesight of all the kids at my grade. This was an easy test for most of my classmates, but I could barely see the big E and I had no idea about the blurry other letters. I was devastated, until the day I got glasses. I was literally blown away by what I saw. I could now make out the leaves on the trees for the first time. Before that, I seriously thought you were only supposed to see a tree and a big green blob.

Faith is like that. Just because I couldn’t see the leaves didn’t mean that they were not real. They were real all the time. They were there all the time. I just didn’t have the ability to see them. Even though I couldn’t sense them, but that didn’t mean they didn’t exist.

Just because we cannot experience God with our senses doesn’t mean that He’s not real. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived of what God has prepared for those who love him, but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.” I Corinthians 2:9 Paul is talking about things beyond our sensory limits. God bypasses our brain and does an end run around our five senses to make Himself known to us. In other words, the Holy Spirit gives us extra-sensory perception. There are some things that can’t be learned with the mind or perceived with the senses. They can only be revealed by the Spirit of God.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18



One response

23 02 2009

Here is something that I learned about faith and faith in God: it is the ability to believe God.

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