Never Knowing the Truth
For all of our advances through developments in every field, our grasp of secular knowledge is greater than our understanding of spiritual foundational truths. We live in the generation that the Apostle Paul warned would arise in the last days…”we are ever learning but never coming to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:7).
In the 21st century, many have no faith, some have lots of unresolved doubts, some have a marginal “moral” system for living, and few there be that have a genuine trust in the God of Scripture. There have always been those that struggled with issues about faith in God and living in a healthy relationship with Him. Knowing God through Jesus Christ is only possible through a genuine and deep faith. Philosophers, atheists, agnostics, and theologians have addressed the issue of obtaining a strong faith.
For those with faith, no explanation is necessary. For those without, no explanation is possible. Thomas Aquinas.
Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservations. Elton Trueblood.
Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God. Blaise Pascal.
Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith. Paul Tillich.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. Voltaire.
Doubt is an incentive to truth, and patient inquiry leads the way. Hosea Ballou.
Faith is the master, and reason the maid-servant. Martin Luther.
Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe. Augustine.
Have you not heard of the madman who lit a lamp in the bright morning and went to the marketplace crying ceaselessly, “I seek God! I seek God!” There were many among those standing there who didn’t believe in God so he made them laugh. “Is God lost?” one of them said. “Has he gone astray like a child?” said another. “Or is he hiding? Has he gone on board ship and emigrated?” So they laughed and shouted to one another. The man sprang into their midst and looked daggers at them. “Where is God?” he cried. “I will tell you. We have killed him–you and I. We are all his killers! But how have we done this? How could we swallow up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the horizon? What will we do as the earth is set loose from its sun?” Friedrich Nietzsche, 1889
Nietzsche’s point was not that God does not exist, but that God has become irrelevant. Men and women may assert that God exists or that He does not, but it makes little difference either way. God is dead not because He doesn’t exist, but because we live, play, procreate, govern, and die as though He doesn’t. (C. Colson, Kingdoms in Conflict, p. 181).
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Heb.11:1-2, 6).