Faith vs. Fact

I have no problem with the issue of faith—as a matter of fact, I have relied on faith to get me through the tough parts of life. However, faith is based on my relationship God.

On the other hand, with most other issues, I need to know HOW something works—that pi is just a ratio between the circumference of a circle and its radius. I need to know how margins of error are calculated and what they really mean in the world of statistics.

Today, though, there are many people who accept on faith that cell phones work and always will; that the electric power, cable television, and the internet will be there with the flick of a switch, but they have no idea how they work, nor do they care.

However, when it comes to God, they demand proof that He exists.


3 responses to “Faith vs. Fact

  1. Rick Martinez

    Steve, I know for persons like yourself, proof of God’s existence is a rhetorical question. However, for many of the rest of us, it’s a beautiful and necessary question that can be answered on a scientific level by persons like St. Thomas Aquinas In his Summa Theologica under his Five Proofs for the Existence of God; on a theologian level by someone like St. Augustine in both of his books City of God and Confessions of St. Augustine; and by Bible scripture where It is readily said “If you don’t believe in me, believe in what I do.”

    For example, we believe in the sun even if it isn’t shining. We can believe in love even when we are alone. And we can believe in God even when He is silent. Isn’t there some common sense here? And if not enough, let us think of modern day miracles that we cannot attribute to anything or anyone but God–even though people want spectacles to see…rather than miracles to believe. And, how do we account for this supra-natural strength that is now called “pneuma”–because scientists cannot find its source–when a person picks up a car or even a truck to save someone. That can only be the proof of the existence of God, or as believers say…a Living God.

    One last thing. What audacity we humans have in believing the historical account that Columbus discovered America–even though we weren’t there and really don’t know for certain–except that we accept the written
    “his-story” of someone else. Yet, we have the Bible account of Jesus and still there are those who need proof. Like our Lord said: “Bless them, Father, for they not what they do.”

  2. Faith vs. Fact
    I have been cornered by the question several times. I tend to politely shut the questioner down with a simple but insightful response.
    “Prove he does not exist.” Faith is the backbone of our essence, in good times and bad. most of those who ask the question are stumped by simple logic. All things in his time.

  3. Rick Martinez

    Tom, your “faith vs. fact” comment is significant and I believe on the mark. Faith is such a “wonder-full” and powerful part of life, living, being, and doing. And so real. When faced with trying times and the “known” facts are seemingly against us, we must remember all the known facts (or all the facts “we” know) are not ALL the facts, and certainly not all God knows.

    It’s okay for us NOT to know something—for it is our faith God knows everything. Just because we don’t have answer…does not mean God doesn’t have an answer. When we do all we can, God does all we CAN’T!

    How many times were we lost sheep, and the Lord came to find and rescue us from our troubles? And if we can remember the things we were worried about a year ago, didn’t all those things turn out all right? Didn’t our worry waste a lot of fruitless energy? Yet, our Lord told us beforehand “Don’t be anxious…for if I am with you who or what can be against you?”

    Our circumstances were fact; our solutions, faith.

    Thanks for the reminder, Tom.

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