Every religion of some sort has a measure of faith involved. Some more so than others, but they all essentially do. Whether it’s believing that you reincarnate into something else after you die or believing if you do enough good works in this life you’ll earn your way to Heaven or believing that there are gods that control different element and forces of nature.
For Christians, it’s believing that there is only one God who rules over everything.
It’s believing that God created the world by just speaking it into existence.
It’s believing that the world was once perfect, but we brought sin into it.
It’s believing that God is three in one: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
It’s believing that God sent his son, fully God and fully man, to earth to save us from our sin.
It’s believing that his son lived a perfect, a blameless, life.
It’s believing that Jesus suffered torture then died on a cross.
Most importantly it’s believing that Jesus’s death was the ultimate sacrifice, the perfect atonement for our sins. That if we only confess them and ask for forgiveness, we will be forgiven. We will have a clean slate. It doesn’t matter what kind of sin it is, it is forgiven. To God’s eyes, sin is sin. One is not worse than another. They are all just as bad and he forgives them all.
It’s believing that against all odds he rose again on the third day.
It’s believing that he later ascended into Heaven.
To believe that takes faith. A lot of faith.
Yes, there is plenty of physical evidence that all of this happened. But even with this evidence you have to have faith. Evidence in many cases isn’t the reason that people believe. If that were true, then probably just about everyone would already be saved.
But there is more to believing in God than believing in the evidence. It takes faith. And having faith in something we can’t see, feel, hear, or smell, in something not physical is hard.
At times, we can find ourselves doubting. But we have to let go of that doubt. It will get us no closer to Jesus, but fully believing in him will.
Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”
This doesn’t mean that those who saw Jesus and believed weren’t ever blessed, but they weren’t blessed for that reason.
Faith in Christ is like believing that there is invisible hands there to catch you as you fall from a cliff. You are submitting to Him, placing your life in the hands of someone you only believe is there. But the thing is…
Your life is already in God’s Hands. It has always been in his Hands. Taking that step of faith is just you finally opening your eyes and believing in someone who has been there since the beginning of time.
That is the difference between our faith and other people’s faith in their religion. Our faith rests in something true and real; their faith is in something nonexistent.