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Weekly Devotion:  Faith & Reason

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1 (New American Standard Bible)

Often times we hear that faith and reason are mutually exclusive, that in this day and age of scientific advancement and knowledge, there is no need to rely on “a God” to fill the gaps of things we don’t understand, that science today can displace God. Christians are often characterized as people who sacrifice intellect for faith, after all “how can you turn a blind eye to the mountains of evidence of the modern world?

That question, while seemingly provocative, is superficial at best. It assumes first of all that our faith is in the opposite spectrum of evidence. In my experience, it is evidence that strengthens my faith. The historical evidence of Christ, the deductive argument of his resurrection, the logical and consistent reasoning of the Judeo-Christian worldview and as a result, a connection between the head and the heart as we come to a place of surrendering obedience.

The modern skeptic on the other hand, especially the modern atheist claims that he needs no faith for his worldview, that it is all evidence based. But that is not true. He needs to have faith himself to believe in the conclusions that he arrives at. The theist, looks at the wonder of the universe, the sophistication and the precision of the physical laws and says “There must be a designer”, while the atheist says “it’s a random product of matter plus time plus chance”. One has to believe with great faith in what seems to be a deductive conclusion, for neither the atheist was present in the beginning of times so he must claim “conviction of things not seen” as well. I believe it takes far greater faith to be an atheist than otherwise.

Of course this is just scratching the debate between the theistic and atheistic worldviews, but nonetheless Christians should be in a position to defend their faith with sound reason without being intimidated by scientific rhetoric often used by the atheistic crowd. Science in my opinion leads me to God not away from Him.

The scripture says love your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind. The mind and intellect is an essential part of our faith, and we should not neglect it. Especially today when the market place of ideas takes center stage in the lives of people, there is a need for the new generation of Christians to defend their faith with sound minds.

Paulo Rhee