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Is the Christian Faith Credible?

Can you be a person of faith and reason? Should we accept the trending paradigm which suggests that issues of faith and spirituality only belong in the subjective realm that can neither be tested nor verified? Or are we beings God created with body, mind and spirit that were designed to work together so we can experience life authentically and holistically?

Joel B Groat's picture

I find it fascinating that the those who wrote what is Scripture (divinely inspired communication) appealed to objective facts as a basis for accepting the truthfulness of what they wrote. The Apostle John started his letter to first century followers of Jesus with these words:
"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us"
(1 John 1:1-2, ESV)
John as a writer is tying his credibility to earthy, historical facts.
Luke, the writer of the 3rd Gospel in the New Testament does the same in the opening four verses of his account of the life of Jesus - he appeals to historical facts:
"Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught." (Luke 1:1-4, ESV)

If the writers of Christian Scripture hitch the cart of their divine message to the horses of historical, verifiable, objective facts, it seems our faith can and should likewise be rooted in facts that are knowable and testable.
And we are justified in being suspicious of those who, when the facts don't support their narrative, admonish us "to put the facts aside and just take it on faith." That has never been a biblical concept or teaching.