Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Have a Little Faith

One of the definitions of “faith” is “belief that is not based on proof.”

I was excited to hear recaps and snippets from last night’s debate between scientist Bill Nye and creationist Ken Ham. You can read a blow-by-blow, if not slightly skewed account from here or you can see video snippets here.

I’m intrigued at debates such as these but my faith is either so strong or so insignificant, that I’ve not yet heard anything to drastically change the way I think. When an evolution proponent asks questions of a Creationist, I compare it to a playground bully saying “I bet you can’t fly. Prove it.”

How did Noah build that boat and why didn’t the lions eat the bunnies? Lazarus. Manna. Feeding 5,000 with two fish and five loaves of bread. Jonah surviving the inside of a whale. Jesus walking on water. The empty tomb.

The list could go on. Could. But to question these stories and anything else in the Bible is not having faith. I’m over-simplifying the entire basis of religion, I’ll give you that. But anytime someone challenges my beliefs and says “that doesn’t make sense,” I say “it doesn’t have to.”

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:5-6