I’ve talked a lot about God and science and faith, so I thought I would briefly talk about what faith means to me. One line in a song says it all for me, “You’re more real than the ground I’m standing on.” This comes from a song by Jonathan David Helser titled, “Abba.” I’ve included a recent rendition of this song below.
First, let me make a distinction. Science is a methodology to observe and test natural things. Science cannot address the question of God or anything that may or may not exist beyond the natural world. Faith tells us that science, the cosmos, everything we can experience with our natural senses was framed by a world that we cannot see or prove with our natural senses.
3 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. (Heb.11:3 NKJV)
The only reason people deny that God exists is because they only believe what they can see, taste, touch, smell, or hear (called naturalism or materialism).
But we also have what is called intuition or a “knowing” that defies physical explanation. From the beginning, there’s been an “inner knowing” that there must be something bigger than this fishbowl we call the cosmos. So, it’s not unreasonable to think there’s an explanation for our continuing existence that’s not part of the material construct. But it does take a different kind of knowing.
14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Cor.2:14 NKJV)
The truth is, our natural thought processes cannot fully comprehend what Scripture is speaking to us because it requires more than just our intellectual assent. We must open our hearts and allow it to take us beyond the echo of our own thoughts into God’s very own thoughts.
15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Cor.2:15-16 NKJV)
For me, when I talk to people who only believe in what they can see, my argument can only be like shadows. It’s not the real thing. That’s all words can be…metaphors and one-dimensional reflections of dynamic multi-dimensional realities.
Arguments never won me to Christ so one can’t talk me out of it either.
I didn’t accept Christ’s invitation into ever-increasing glory because of fear of death or hell or tribulation. I didn’t care about those things.
I wanted to know Him.
And He has not disappoint me.
You see, I rarely think about the Kingdom of God in terms of the after-life or heaven, although that’s also wonderful, because heaven is in me and I’m in heaven now (Luke 17:21; Eph.2:6; Phil.3:20; Heb.12:22-24). I’ve had many experiences and encounters with God that defy explanation or coincidence. But those things aren’t even why I believe. I believe because I’ve found the Fountain of Life Himself. He unlocked all the mysteries of my soul and poured out His love on me, over and over and over again. As the song goes…
You’re more real than the ground I’m standing on
You’re more real than, the wind in my lungs
Your thoughts define me, you’re inside me
You are my reality
His thoughts toward me, as David said, are more than all the grains of sand in the world, too wonderful to even contemplate, yet there’s such joy in the contemplation. And, as I interact with His Spirit, He redefines and reshapes me in ways I had no mental grid for. I wouldn’t even know how to ask the right question.
So, I believe—not because God has to prove Himself to me, or because the argument for God is more compelling than the one that denies His existence. I believe because I have been profoundly and forever affected by His affection, awestruck by His brilliance, humbled by His splendor and majesty, and confronted, healed, and empowered by His living Word that’s…sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes my innermost thoughts and desires. (Heb.4:12)
There’s so much more I could say, but I will end with this: I’ve been on this magnificent journey for 40 years now. And, in spite of my fickle heart, He’s proven Himself faithful. His love only grows sweeter and stronger with each passing day. He’s so intimate and gentle, yet so transcendent and other-than. He’s my Abba, and I belong to Him.
6 And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” (Gal.4:6 NLT)
This is another song that resonates deeply with me because it expresses my heart as I continue my sojourn through this life in my heavenly Father’s embrace. I hope you will join me in the journey.