WE have a human craving for certainty. It’s what encourages some people to become atheists exhibiting a religious sort of zeal. They can’t be certain that God exists and therefore conclude He definitely doesn’t.
Seeing is believing but it works the other way too. Believing is seeing. Knowing God is simply the progressive realization of the presence within us.
God does not ask us to ignore questions or disregard our doubts.
Real faith is learning to live in ambiguity with paradox and with questions for which there may be no answers in this temporal world.
Whatever happens in our lives – good or bad or just ordinary – can be the occasion for connecting deeply with the divine.
Professor Sir John Polkinghorne, one of the world’s most renowned particle physicists, insisted that there was no lack of evidence of God. “I believe God reveals his nature in many ways,” he said.
“They’re not demonstrations that knock you down, but they are very striking things about the world that are best understood as the work of God.”
Stuart Burgess, a spacecraft specialist who designed solar panels for US satellites, said “the most moving evidence for Christianity I have seen is when a person with a broken life puts their trust in the Lord Jesus and finds healing, peace and purpose.”
It’s lives radically changed by an awareness of God that will always be the greatest evidence of a loving creator.
When lives are genuinely redeemed there’s no need for faith to degenerate into a kind of meaningless religious performance, duty, obligation or ritual.