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The Meaning of Faith
This page is designed to discuss the relationship between faith and reason. Many have tended to deny the possibility that such a relationship can even exist. However, there are numerous examples of great thinkers who were men of both faith and reason. Consider the following examples, Robert Boyle, Michael Faraday, George Washington Carver, and Werher von Braun.
Faith in its simplest expression is defined as "confidence or trust in a person or thing." Every person exercises faith when they board an airplane, drive a car on a two lane highway, drink water out of their faucet, turn on a light switch or take a prescription medication.
We believe the Scriptures provide reasonable answers to those who are willing to consider the evidence regarding what God has revealed about Himself and His world. Whether one believes and places trust in the infinite God, or whether one chooses to place confidence in himself, or in someone else who denies or questions the existence of God, both actions are expressions of faith.
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1)
The Limitations of Reason
Reason can be defined simply as "a basis or cause, as for some belief, action, fact or event."
As much as reason has contributed to the development of technology and the advance of scientific research, reason is wholly insufficient when attempting to explain many intangible realities that exist in our world. Some examples where explanations based on reason alone are inadequate: the meaning of love, the origins of matter, or the first cause of energy. Physical, tangible elements can be tested and examined using reason. However the realm of the metaphysical, especially that of first principles, cannot be tested and fully explained by experimentation and observation.
The God of Scripture is a God of reason that has revealed Himself to the mind, intellect and will of man. He has provided numerous self-evident proofs of His existence including but not limited to the universe, the precise placement of the earth and its fragile eco-system within the universe, actual answers to prayer, and radically transformed lives. (Psalm 19:1; Isaiah 1:18)