The Way of Faith

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible” (Hebrews 11:1-3).
Faith, a confident commitment to the truth of God, is central to authentic Christianity. As Paul reminds us: “… we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).
It is through faith that we understand that the events recorded in Genesis are literally true. We can know, for example, that God created the world in six days only because God tells us so, and God does not lie.
This same outlook of faith directs every aspect of our lives as Christians. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
It is no surprise that people who begin doubting one part of the Bible often end up doubting it all. You can’t maintain that Scripture is errant in affirming the special creation of all life in six days, but inerrant in affirming the deity of Christ. Both understandings come to us, not through our empirical observation, but through faith. As Peter affirms: “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:8,9).
As God’s people, let us consistently maintain the complete truth and authority of everything God has told us in Scripture. With uncompromised faith, let us continually strive to be faithful in all that we teach and in all that we do.

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