There’s a Twitter user who seems to take pleasure in challenging followers of Jesus and the Bible. This individual often replies to faith posts with comments like…
“Faith is believing something without sufficient evidence. Faith is pretending to know things you don’t know.”
Is that right? Is faith belief without evidence?
This is how the writer to the Hebrews responded when evidence was questioned…
But Hebrews 11:1 says:
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Faith is having confidence based on past experience that God is who He says He is and that He keeps His promises.
And I personally believe there is lots of evidence for faith in the truth about Jesus.
Evidence in the form of first-hand accounts of people who not only walked with Christ during His life, but who also testified that they stood with, talked with, ate with, and touched Him after He rose from the dead.
The very foundation of their faith and ours is supported by this evidence.
But don’t take my word for it. Let’s look at what they had to say:
We proclaim to you the One who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw Him with our own eyes and touched Him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. 1 John 1:1
Haven’t I seen Jesus our Lord with my own eyes? (Paul) 1 Corinthians 9:1
Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”
“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. John 20:27-28
He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, He was seen by more than 500 of His followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then He was seen by James and later by all the apostles. Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw Him. 1 Corinthians 15:5-8
The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in Him you will have life by the power of His name. John 20:30-31
But Peter and John replied, “We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:19a-20
This disciple is the one who testifies to these events and has recorded them here. And we know that his account of these things is accurate. John 21:24
Our faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior is not lacking in evidence. It stands firmly on first-hand accounts of people who lived . . . who saw and heard . . . who touched. Those who gave up everything to testify to what they knew to be the truth . . . Jesus Christ was and is:
- the fulfillment of Messianic prophecy (Acts 3:18)
- the Word made flesh (John 1:14)
- the Son of God (John 20:31)
- the First-born over all creation (Colossians 1:15)
- the Savior (Luke 2:11)
- the Lord of Glory (1 Corinthians 2:8)
- the Alpha and Omega (Revelation 1:8)
No, we are not lacking in evidence. Just ask those of us who know. Those of us who have been touched by His love and forgiveness. Those of us who know His peace and presence. Those of us who are being transformed by His love.
And for those of us who know . . . that is all the evidence we need!
A Prayer Thanking God for Giving
the Evidence for Our Faith
Father, thank you for Jesus, the evidence of my faith. Thank you for the witnesses who shared their testimony of seeing, touching, hearing, and walking with Jesus, the resurrected Savior. Thank you for the courage and strength You gave previously timid followers after they personally witnessed Your power to defeat death. And thank you for the more than 300 promises and prophecies that Jesus fulfilled through His life, death, and resurrection.
I thank you, Father, for the countless lives that have testified to the transforming power of Jesus. Thank you for the way You are changing and working in and with me. Thank you for the blessing of Your Spirit who gives me peace, hope, joy, strength, and love . . . things that are the evidence of faith in our lives.
Please help me share the truth of Your love with gentleness and respect. Please help my life represent the spiritual blessings of peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, and more. I want everyone I meet to see Jesus in me. I want my life to represent the evidence of Your saving grace, undeserved mercy, and unfailing love. I ask all this in the name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus. Amen.
Josh McDowell wrote:
God has not provided exhaustive knowledge of His existence, but He has given sufficient knowledge for those with an open heart and mind.
God our Savior . . . wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.1 Timothy 2:3b–4
May we pray that all who doubt the evidence will open their hearts and minds to the truth about Jesus. May we pray to surrender ourselves each day to Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life . . . the Savior of all that matters.
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