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August 23, 2014

Reasons Behind our Faith

Everybody in this world stands for something. Some stand for things we don’t believe in and that is where we live in today. With so many beliefs and school of thoughts, we have to learn as Christians to engage our culture.

I am no apologetics expert, I might leave that to my friend Joseph Bonifacio and Pastor Rice Broocks – though it would be helpful to read books like God’s Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty or Tim Keller’s The Reason for God or visit William Lane Craig’s website Reason for Living.

As a nation, we have been founded by the word of God. The people who wrote the constitution of the Philippines acknowledged there was a God and even asked for the aid of Almighty God to help build the laws and constitution of the land. It says a lot about us as a nation. The implication in the 1987 preamble of the Constitution of the Philippines acknowledges that there is a God, He is sovereign above all and that we need His help. Being guided by God our lawmakers and leaders of the land made sure that God was not forced into our nation because not all believe in God.

books-1It is now 2014. The internet has changed the game of spreading ideas. More and more we see secularism and humanism enter our culture, our songs, our entertainment, our literature and our politics. We are in an era where different world views abound which means there will come a time different world views would be clashing.
With that premise, we as believers of God  should learn to look for reasons behind our faith and skeptics who might be reading this blog, must also learn to look for a type of faith hidden within their reasoning.

Tim Keller said it well in his book Reason for God,

You cannot doubt Belief A from a position of faith in Belief B. For example if you doubt Christianity because “There can’t be just one true religion,” you must recognize that this statement is itself an act of faith. No one can prove it empirically, and it is not a universal truth that everyone accepts. If you went to Middle East and said, “There can’t be just one true religion,” nearly everyone would say, “Why not?” The reason you doubt Christianity’s Belief A is because you hold unprovable Belief B. Every doubt, therefore, is based on a leap of faith.

Some people say, “I don’t believe in Christianity because I can’t accept the existence of moral absolutes. Everyone should determine moral truth for him- or herself.” Is that a statement they can prove to someone who doesn’t share it? No, it is a leap of faith, a deep belief that individual rights operate not only in the political sphere but also in the moral. There is no empirical proof for such a position. So the doubt (of moral absolutes) is a leap.

Some will respond to all of this, ” My doubts are not based on a leap of faith. I have no beliefs about God one way or another. I simply feel no need for God and I am not interested in thinking about it.” But hidden beneath this feeling is the very modern American belief that the existence of God os a matter of indifference unless it intersects with my emotional needs. The speaker is betting his or her life that no God exists who would hold you accountable for your beliefs and behavior if you didn’t feel the need for him. That may be true or it may not be true, but, again, it is quite a leap of faith.

Taken from Reason for God, page xviii, Tim Keller

 

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