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By Faith We Understand

by David A. DePra

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the
word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of
things which do appear.
     Today, science demands "proof" that God created the world.
They say we have no business believing in God without tangible,
scientific proof. Yet they are guilty of the thing they mock. Even the
best scientific minds of today admit that they have no proveable
alternative for explaining how the universe began. The best they
can offer is to say they haven't YET discovered how the universe
began without God. But they claim they will discover it.
      Now, isn't THAT faith? When I don't have an answer for the
origin of the universe, but nevertheless say I believe there IS one
other than God, I am exercising "faith." I am believing something
exists for which I have no current proof. I defend my right to do so
because I say "someday" I'll find the answer.
     This is an incredible cop-out, and is, quite frankly, totally
hypocritical. And rather than "faith," it is actually hardness of heart
and unbelief.
     Romans 1 tells us that God is clearly seen, and proven, in His
creation. It says that the existance of God is so obvious -- clearly
manifested through His creation -- that we are without excuse if we
deny Him. Why are we without excuse?
     Because what we are talking about here is not an intellectual
issue. God is not telling us that we need to be smart enough to
prove God scientifically from our environment. No. He is telling us
that this is a MORAL issue. The existance of God is so obvious
from creation that the only way you can deny it is if you begin from
the premise of no God -- and refuse to bend. That is a moral
choice, based on the heart.
     Note that it is not wrong to sincerely question whether there is a
God -- in an attitude of seeking the Truth. No, that is good. But it is
wrong to decide ahead of time what I will accept AS the Truth. That
is hardness. And for it there is no excuse.
     There are other witnesses to the unbeliever that there is a God
besides the creation. There is, for instance, the conscience of
human beings. Man's conscience, while it cannot tell him what is
right, does tell him that he ought to do right. Paul says, in Romans,
that this conscience is a kind of "law" which is written upon the minds
and hearts of the unbeliever -- for which they are accountable. (see
Romans 2:14-15)
     If a person, who has no knowledge of God, pays attention to
conscience, he will eventually understand there is a God. It is
inevitable. Why else pay attention to it? What would the motive be
other than the fact that he realizes he is accountable to a higher
     So what we have is this: We have the outer witness of God,
which is His creation. And we have the inner witness, which is our
conscience. We have the measure of faith given to every man.
These leaves us without excuse for denying God.
     Now to our verse. It says, "By faith we UNDERSTAND." It does
not say, "By faith we by-pass understanding." Note that -- it tells us
something about faith. Faith does not purge us of our ability to
understand. It imparts to us understanding.
     This is so, despite the fact that we must trust God rather than our
understanding. It is so even though we must often trust God without
any understanding at all. The fact is, if I want to understand, I must
first believe.  It is by faith, not brains, that I grow to understand.
     It is "by faith" that we UNDERSTAND that God made what we
can see. But our faith is not a mindless acceptance of an unproven
theory. No our faith is the moral conclusion of looking at the
evidence before us. Then we understand. Our moral openness
conditions us to grasp what God has done. This is how it works
with all the things of God:   By faith we understand.

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