WE NEED TO BE THINKING CHRISTIANS

     Christian beliefs are based on faith. For example, we believe in the trinity – one God who eternally exists in three distinct persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  We believe that God created the universe with His spoken word.  We believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose bodily from the dead three days later.  These are only three core beliefs in the theology of Christianity, but we can see that faith is essential in these beliefs:  to truly grasp the concept of the Trinity is beyond our finite minds, we weren’t present when God created the universe, and we weren’t eye witnesses to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.
     However, even though we believe these doctrines by faith, our faith is definitely not a “leap in the dark”.   We have overwhelming evidence in the Bible for what we believe, which is substantiated by secular history, archeology, and science. Unfortunatley, although many Christians might have a basic understanding of what they believe, very few know why they believe it.  When asked why they believe in a certain doctrine of Christianity, many respond “that’s what my Sunday school teacher,  my pastor, or my parents taught me”.  They have never dug into Scripture for themselves to prove their faith.  Christians who run on blind faith are prime targets for cults and aberrant theology.  These are the ones who turn their back on God and the church when confronted by secular thought or when assaulted by the trials of life.   Studies have shown that most of our young people fade away from the church when they leave high school.  Why is this? Because they weren’t grounded in their faith and were easily enticed by the world.   Thus, we have a culture of shallow Christians whose faith is shaky at best. 
     Faith, in order to be strong, must have an intellectual understanding of some facts; the brain and faith are intricately woven together.  Faith without a mental ascent to some facts is indeed a “blind leap in the dark”.  For example, I sat in my chair to write this blog believing it would hold me up and not collapse.  How do I know this?  I didn’t watch it being made so I have no first hand knowledge of its construction. However, I do know that it was manufactured following an engineer’s specification.  There are tags on it that prove that it was built and tested by qualified people.  And I know that the company that sold it would not risk a law suit if they didn’t have confidence in the builder. So my sitting in this chair is not a blind leap in the dark at all. It is based on certain facts I know to be true. 
     Our faith follows the same line of thinking.  We must understand the facts God has so wonderfully given us in order for our faith to be strong through the storms of life.  Obviously, we cannot know everything about God.  If we did He wouldn’t really be God.  However, He has given us all  we need to firmly grasp the truths necessary to have a firm foundation.
     It’s time for pastors to start preaching the depths of biblical truth and theology. It’s time for all followers of Jesus to take the initiative to study, and I mean really study, the Bible.  This is the only foundation on which to build our relationship with our wonderful God.  Remember, we dig deep not just to know facts, but to know the Author of the Bible intimately.  The stronger our foundation of knowing what we believe and why we believe it, the more intimate we become with God.