THE writer C.S. Lewis said he believed there was an equal amount of evidence for and against God’s existence. That was the way God intended it, so that people would truly have to come to him by faith.
It’s a compelling view that strikes all of us. Even believers have days when they wonder whether God is a product of human imagination..
Writer Madeleine L’Engle said those who believe they believe in God “but without passion in their heart, without anguish of mind, without uncertainty, without doubt, and even at times without despair, believe only in the idea of God, and not in God himself.’’
It is easy to allow a lack of conclusive proof deter us from making a spiritual journey. And equally easy to allow a fear of doubt to stop us from taking spiritual chances.
The apostle Paul said faith was the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen. It is seemingly an impossible Catch 22 paradox because it implies faith is evidence and that once you have faith, you will gain knowledge.
Yet it works. You go in with doubts but expecting to find the truth and little by little there is a revelation. We can be transformed in the crucible of doubt.
And it’s an ongoing process. Believers always face unanswered questions and the truth is not always apparent in a world where nothing is as it seems. Even their faith cannot be proven intellectually or scientifically but the real believers know you will most assuredly find if you seek; and the door will be opened unto you.