So begins Hebrews chapter 11. The words on the face of it may be difficult to understand and yet they contain a simple truth. Faith is not blind, it isn’t something you just have or don’t have, it is something of substance and it is based on evidence.
All the examples in Hebrews 11 are of people who saw what God could do and acted on the evidence of what they saw. A fantastic example of this is Rahab the Harlot who lived in Jericho. When the Israelite spies came to Jericho, she knew her history. These people had defeated Egypt some 40 years earlier and everyone was amazed. The God of Israel had made a mockery of the gods of Egypt. Each plague had been a direct attack on the Egyptian gods and proved them to be nothing more than wood and stone. So when the Israelites came threatening Jericho, she knew who would win. She made the decision to put her old life behind her and trust in the God of Israel, and not the gods of the Canaanites. The evidence backing up her faith was Israel and the way God had brought them out of Egypt.
Today we can see similar evidence of the power of God:
The Logic of Faith
It is often thought that to believe in God you have to choose between logic or faith, with the presumption that faith is blind whilst logic is rational. This notion, however, could not be further from the truth. Faith in the Bible is grounded on the rational evidence that the Bible is true.
This evidence comes from numerous sources. Whether it is archaeological evidence, or prophetic passages that against the odds have come to pass exactly as described, or the internal harmony of the text itself, there are a multitude of reasons for believing the Bible.
True faith is not some special ability that some possess and others do not, it is never blind but is firmly based on the straightforward evidence set out in the pages of scripture. In the same way that you can trust a person that has shown over time that they are reliable, the Bible contains very powerful evidence for its reliability.
Click on the link below to find out more about why you can believe the Bible.
The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Text of the Old Testament
It is often thought that to believe in God you have to choose between logic or faith, with the It has recently become quite common to hear criticism of the Bible text suggesting that it has significantly changed over time.
This presentation, originally given as a Bible Class talk in Sale, explains why the text of the Old Testament is extremely trustworthy.
The quality of the Old Testament text can be further verified by the more than 2000 year old Dead Sea Scrolls.
The Text of the New Testament
This further presentation, again given as a Bible Class talk in Sale, shows how the New Testament text is equally reliable and has shown no significant change in its nearly 2000 year existence.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen -