23rd March 2008, gah
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5) Proof vs Evidence
The Bible itself tells us that there is no clear proof that God exists, rather that we require faith to believe in God. Paul says that it is by faith that we believe that creation occurred by the word of God (Hebrews 11:3). All throughout the New Testament both Jesus and the apostles refer to this belief by having faith and this very faith appears to be foolishness to those that do not believe (1 Corinthians 1:18-28).
Paul writes about the progression of believing and having faith and that faith comes from first hearing the word of God (Romans 10:14-21). Paul goes on further and discusses the practical response of the people that do hear about the word of God and how some will never respond because they choose not to know God. God doesn’t want us to have a faith based on unblinding trust, but to have a faith based on evidence and personal experience of Him acting in our lives. When the Jews doubted that Jesus was the son of God, Jesus replied that his works (miracles) were given as evidence to them that he had power which could only come from God (John 10:38). Trust in God is like any relationship, it is two way and is developed over a period of time through personal experience and evidence that what they are saying to us is correct.