Blessed Are Those Who Have Not Seen And Yet Have Believed
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen Me, you believe; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29
One definition of faith is belief that is not based on proof. Many people need proof before they can believe in anything, especially the existence of a higher being. It is incomprehensible to them that one being, a "Magic Guy in the Sky", controls so much. It is much easier for them to believe only in the works of their own hands. It is more rational to turn to science than to a collection of accounts that are over 2000 years old. And, to them, anyone who believes this collection of “fables and myths” is irrational and foolish.
Even a professed Christian can temper his or her belief. A gentleman who considered himself a Christian once said to me that I was too “intelligent” to actually believe everything in the Bible. I’ve heard a solid church member admit she doubted if some of the accounts in the Bible were accurate, specifically the reports of the number casualties from Biblical wars and disasters, e.g. 2 Samuel 18:7.
One definition of belief reads, “the confidence in the truth and existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof. “ There goes that word proof again. We have free will; we can believe whatever we want. Faith in God is not something that is forced. One either believes in Him or one doesn’t. No amount of Christian references or parental influence can make a non-believer feel something that is not present in his or her heart.
A mindset that may cause someone to doubt the existence of God is to view Him as a man or "Magic Guy". Although God created man in His image, He is not a man. He is Spirit and is not bound by the limitations and desires of the flesh. Man is drawn to pursuits that are worldly and sensual in nature. These pursuits are in direct opposition to the matters of the spirit.
I may be foolish for believing in God and the accounts of the Bible. Psalm 14:1 begs to differ, though: “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” For others like me, don’t lose your confidence in God and His Word. For those who do not believe in God and have a hard time understanding how anyone could believe, know that those who do believe have an equally hard time understanding how anyone could not believe in Him. This belief and disbelief, however, does not have to be reduced to mutual disrespect. While we may not be able to respect each other’s beliefs, we should respect each other’s decision to follow what we believe to be true.
Note: The official death toll from the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami is 230,000 in fourteen countries. It is estimated 316,000 were killed in the 2010 Haitian earthquake. The Japanese National Police confirmed 15, 822 people died in the 2011 East Japan earthquake and resulting tsunami. It is estimated 5.4 million people perished during the Second Congo War. The accounts of the number of casualties resulting from Biblical wars and natural disasters may be accurate after all.