Many people today say that “faith” is simply a cop-out for religious people who can’t explain the unexplainable. Some will go on to say that faith isn’t living in the reality of everyday life. Is that true?
Is it possible to go through life without faith?
No, and here’s why…
When it comes to the Bible and Christianity, faith is no stranger. Not only is faith mentioned hundreds of times in scripture, the definition is provided in Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Notice the two operative words used to describe faith are “assurance” and “conviction”. In other words, even though something isn’t readily visible or explainable, there is enough understanding to yield an assurance. This isn’t to say there won’t be many unanswered questions, otherwise, it wouldn’t be faith. It is just saying that faith isn’t blind without any basis in reality but instead has enough evidence to yield assurance and conviction. Now, this is typically where the pushback begins. Some will say it is delusional to believe in something that can’t be empirically proven or explained. (i.e. scientific method) But is this true?
When you consider our daily lives, there are many ways we live by faith whether we are religious or not. There are many things that can’t be empirically proven or explained, yet we believe them to be true by our experience. Take, for example, the idea that people are born either left or right-handed. We all believe that to be true, even though scientists can’t prove it’s true. Our experience provides an assurance, but there are still many unanswered questions. The assertion that we are born this way, by definition, requires a measure of faith. If someone were to challenge this assertion, saying you simply favored one hand over the other when growing up, you couldn’t prove otherwise.
The same holds true with a belief or faith in God. If someone claims to have had a real experience with God in a way that provides them assurance and conviction, how can you argue with that? Just because it can’t be empirically proven or explained doesn’t mean it isn’t true. It simply falls in line with the other areas of life that can’t be empirically proven or explained. There are many unanswered questions in life, which makes faith a necessary part of the human experience.
So the next time someone says faith is a cop-out for religious people, don’t believe it! Everyone lives by faith whether they realize it or not. It’s not a cop-out, it’s a necessity! Welcome to Faith in the Real World!
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