Thursday, August 7, 2008

Embracing Reality

Accepting the rationality of God’s existence may not overcome all the obstacles to full belief in biblical Christianity. Many issues in the Bible defy understanding. Some can be explained, and some cannot. Must we understand and resolve all these difficulties before we allow full-blown faith to kick in? Of course not.

When we become Christians, must we agree with all other Christians on all doctrines of the Bible? Not at all. From the beginnings of Christianity, believers have held varying positions on such issues as revelation, miracles, prayer, providence, pain and worship. But they remain united on the core belief that God is God and Christ is His son. Because we know we are standing solidly on the ultimate absolute, we can put peripheral uncertainties aside without letting them undermine our certainty in the core truth of His existence.

It is a blind, unwarranted faith that defies reason and evidence. Faith in God is the opposite. With God as the ultimate absolute, all the pieces fall into place and fit together in a rational pattern that squares with the reality we experience.

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