External evidence can lead man to believe in God, but belief is merely the forerunner of faith. Some people develop faith by first believing in the word of God. In the act of believing, man accepts the conclusion of evidence; because of evidence, he may believe that the sun will continue to rise and set, the seasons continue to come and go and so forth. By giving serious consideration to the evidence that there is a Supreme Being, he may also begin to believe in God, but man may believe in God and still lack faith.
External evidence alone cannot produce saving faith i the heart of man, nor can it alone bring him into a meaningful spiritual union with Christ. It is primarily by means of the internal evidence which man is given through the Holy Spirit that he achieves living faith in God. True faith is more than an man's submission to reasonable arguments which support given doctrines, concepts, or conclusions. It is more than reason grown courageous enough to span the abyss between the known and unknown. Faith is true belief strengthened and enhanced by the Holy Spirit which man receives when he reaches up to God with desire and hope; it is the power which man acquires when his soul is illuminated and his mind is sustained in its actions by the enlightening influence of the Holy Spirit.
External evidence may stimulate man to believe, but only when he obtains divine truth, light, and power through the Holy Spirit by expressing desire and hope in Christ can man possess true faith. Only then can he acquire the divine truth and power by which the sick are healed, the elements controlled, and the dead raised to life.