Faith Fills The Gaps When Logic and Reason Fail: A Christian Perspective
“Take all that you can of this book upon reason, and the balance on faith, and you will live and die a happier man."
(Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, referring to the Bible)
I'm often amazed the lengths people will go to deny God's existence. There is so much evidence around us and within the Bible yet people fail to believe. This phenomenon, fittingly, is also referenced in the Bible.
People believe in other things they cannot see yet have a certain stubbornness with the Bible that defies description. People believe in the wind yet cannot see it. People believe in oxygen and breath it yet cannot see it. People have faith the sun will come up tomorrow and that the traffic light will turn green and on and on.
The Old Testament again and again references a coming Messiah. I have not gone to the trouble of putting together all the proofs and prophecies in this regard but they are plentiful. Many prophecies have come true exactly as the Bible predicted. Christ's birth, life, death, and resurrection fulfilled well over a hundred prophecies from the Old Testament.
As the title of this hub suggests however, it does take faith to fill in those gaps we cannot objectively prove. No, I cannot bring you to my apartment and introduce you to Jesus in the flesh and let you shake his hand and get his autograph; it doesn't work that way. Faith must fill in the gaps.
When Jesus was resurrected he appeared before his apostles. Thomas did not believe it was Jesus and demanded proof. Jesus showed Thomas the wounds he had suffered at the crucifixion and then Thomas believed. Jesus said:
"Thomas, because thou hast seen me,
thou hast believed:
blessed are they that have not seen,
and yet have believed."
Jesus speaks to the importance of faith many times.
I am reading a book right now about Israel. The re-establishment of Israel was clearly foretold in the Bible. Jewish people were dispersed throughout the world and had long been separated from their homeland. But it was prophesied:
"Surely I will take the children of Israel
from among the nations,
wherever they have gone,
and will gather them from every side
and bring them into their own Land."
This prophecy was fulfilled May 14, 1948 per the re-establishment of Israel.
Many so called brilliant and highly educated people will miss out on all of the proofs while others will easily get it. It is beautiful in a way. The haughty and those who trust in themselves will be thwarted and confounded.
"My sheep hear my voice,
and I know them,
and they follow me"
I have a bit of a personal relationship with God. He speaks to me through nature and through the passage of time. He speaks to me quite a bit through the wind. Things have unfolded in my life in a manner which strongly points to a creator.
I have little moments too where it could only be the work of God that is manifesting. For example, I recently had on my mind a favorite quote of mine from the Bible. I was thinking "Upon this rock I will build my church and the forces of the netherworld shall not prevail against it." Well, about a day later my family and I went to mass. Guess what? The quote I'm talking about was a part of the reading for that mass.
"And I say also unto thee,
That thou art Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my church;
and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it"
Moments like this tend to happen to me when I am struggling a bit with my faith or when I am being tormented with anxiety or in other ways. It seems God reminds me once in a while that he is there and listening.
We have to keep the faith.