The challenge of faith

Very few things can be proved beyond any doubt. In many cases we have to look at the evidence and decide for ourselves what or who to trust. In certain aspects this applies to the Bible which teaches that faith is about things that we cannot see or prove.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

None of us were there when God created the world, or when Noah climbed into the Ark. Who can claim they have seen someone raised from the dead? Believing these things requires faith, and, “without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”.

Fortunately God provides us with enough conclusive evidence so that we can believe Him and what He tells us in the Bible. Here is some of that evidence.

1. The remarkable consistency of the Bible. It consists of 66 books written over a period of 1,600 years by more than 40 different people and yet it has the same message from beginning to end, with plenty of consistent detail. Archaeologists have discovered many ancient writings and artefacts that confirm the Bible is an accurate historical record.

2. The Bible is honest and real. It reports the good and bad sides of its hero characters, like David and Peter. Murder, betrayal, denial and weakness are not avoided. The Jewish prophets record in detail the failings of the Israelite nation.

3. Detailed prophecies about developing world empires and the return of the Jews to the land of Israel have come to pass just as predicted. Many others add to the evidence that God has a plan for His creation.

4. Most importantly, the Bible has a wonderful message of hope that is personal to each of us. We need to be saved from the curse of mortality and can only be done by believing in Jesus as our saviour. He is the only one who lived a perfect life, and through his death and resurrection we can be in the Kingdom of God when Jesus returns to the earth.

Accept the challenge of faith and live a meaningful life now and enjoy eternal life in God’s kingdom.

The fromAbove team