Faith and Reason are Friends

Christian faith and belief in God can
both be based on sound reasoning.
Evidence is available to everyone.
 

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1.    INTRODUCTION

There has been much said and written to oppose the path of Christian faith. In all honesty, I was a pretty good atheist in my day, so I know how it works. And I still completely understand how the knowledge, and acceptance, of ‘faith’ held by believers in this day and age can look ‘too good to be true’, as far as the average unbeliever in concerned!

(I am from a senior auditing background and the majority of my advisory team are Christian clergy. To glimpse the ‘who’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ of this website please click here.)

In this article, I firstly discuss the major doubts that can prevent us from even considering whether God exists. Then I go on to discuss how we begin to open our minds to the possibilities, and finally how we go about actually testing Christian faith for ourselves. As such, how we come to ‘believe in God’.

2.    MAJOR DOUBTS FACING US.

Yes, there can certainly be major doubts facing us, when we consider trialling faith for ourselves. For examples the subjects of “science versus religion”, “why human beings need to suffer”, “conflict between religions”, “God is an unbelievable concept” and the supposed “lack of religious proof” can just ‘stop us in our tracks’.

You know, they definitely got in my way! But a point came in my life, where I decided to check them out. To see whether my doubts, at least, were in fact justified. And I seriously checked them. In fact it took a number of years, of my spare time, to thoroughly evaluate those ‘big questions’.

This “Faith and Reason” section of the website (see the Menu Bar above) has been developed to address those major doubts, and to logically challenge the ‘atheist worldview’. Articles are available here to explain the following:

I now absolutely accept that “faith” and “reason” can get along quite well, thank you! My research and evaluation of available facts (i.e. not guess-work from atheist websites) proved to me that those major doubts above, which had even influenced me, actually had no sound basis.

A little sub section, ‘Dealing with doubts‘ follows this article, if you do feel the need for such assistance. It contains articles for both beginner and experienced Christians. 

Please read on.

3.    CHRISTIAN FAITH IS REASONABLE

Again, I found there are just so many incorrect opinions about Christianity held within the broader community. (And initially, I held them too.)

For example, it is a common belief that “recorded history does not verify that Jesus even existed, let alone died on a wooden cross”.

Wrong! It is recorded, according to mainstream historical scholars. That is there are genuine ‘historical documents‘ to support Jesus lived and died as the Bible explains.

And there are so many of these anti-Christian opinions out there. I came to find, again and again, they just weren’t true when I researched them. Looking to Christianity itself, it is said that “there is no way for us to prove to ourselves that Christian faith can have a sound basis”.

Wrong! Millions of us Christians have actually put it to the test in our lives and now have sound workable faith with very positive benefits as a result. I am actually referring to Christian faith that is build around belief in a “real God”. Now, I can certainly understand how that statement might look crazy to the average reader.

With that in mind, the essence of Christianity – what it’s all about – is presented in the final section of this website.

Please read on though.

4.    CAN WE REALLY ‘BELIEVE’?

Yes, I have already admitted that I had serious doubts, before beginning to test it all for myself decades ago. For ‘starters’, as a long term unbeliever, I did wonder how could anyone really believe in God? Yes, I certainly questioned whether it was all just ‘too good to be true?’

4.1    How I got into it

In my case, a friend of mine somehow convinced me – the professional auditor that I was – to actually evaluate Christian faith for myself.

‘Baby steps’ at first

In the early stages of my testing I only trialled Bible-based practises, like ‘prayer‘ and ‘guidance‘, in my day-to-day life. And … I did in fact get some indications that God actually was present there.

On the one hand, I hadn’t expected any positive results at all. On the other hand, I still wasn’t convinced yet.

Going for it!

So, making sure that I kept an open mind, I began to seriously test Christianity.  My wife and I started going to a regular old church and, maybe surprisingly, my faith knowledge really grew quickly. That also had a flow on effect in my life, and my search for ‘God’s presence‘ there. I was becoming reasonably confident by then that God was actually the ‘real deal’.

But! I still wanted to be more certain. Another friend told me about what sounded to me like ‘crazy stuff‘ happening in a growing area of the Christian Church. He said this was thanks to the Holy Spirit. Mmmmmm? Again, was all this becoming ‘too good to be true?’ 

Anyway, my wife and I ‘bit the bullet’. We started going to those kinds of church services recommended to me. And yes, I witnessed and even experienced stuff that went way past my expectations. Indeed there was evidence there that was ‘rock-solid’ to me! And I’ll add a little more on that later …

The end result

Well, I finally came to hold very strong belief in God, as a result of my eventual sound Christian faith and its use. But, you know, I never stopped evaluating it all (as that senior auditor I was, I guess I couldn’t help myself). I must add that an ‘expert group of advisors‘ assisted me on that long journey.

Yes, it all began thirty plus years ago, and look, I am still locating solid evidence to further support those early positive findings of mine.

Again, all that is needed as a starting point for ‘belief in God’ is an open mind. Yes, that is what I came to find, as a result of my evaluation. I could also say we actually have to be ready to believe. And, in fact, that is how all ‘auditors‘ must approach their projects … open minded, looking for evidence one way or the other, and ready to accept the results!

4.2    Beginning your search?

Where can you begin though, with your own journey towards faith and belief?

The “Our journey of faith” section of this website gives overall guidance on how anyone can come to believe in God. Please just begin by reading the article, “Can I really believe in God“. Yes, it’s all based on that long term evaluation of mine. But if its outcome was so positive for me, I’d be very surprised if it doesn’t work for you too!

Actually, we need go no further afield, with our task of ‘believing’, than by ‘engaging with God’; opening ourselves to him though faith. And look, again, I am so confident that it really does work! As such we can then recognise his presence within both ‘our day-to-day lives‘ and events ‘in the Church‘ itself.

I don’t doubt at all that each of us can come to build ‘sound Christian faith‘ for ourselves and ‘receive the rewards‘.

4.3    Make sure your evidence is sound

But, of course, your belief must be based on what we regard as genuine evidence and sound reasoning. I would not have it any other way!

Trust me again please, evidence can be profound at times, if we are willing to take the steps that are on offer from God. Yes, some of it can be rock-solid as I mentioned above.

Have a look at the article, “Framework for evidence” if you would like to follow my approach of analysis and evaluation. It was obviously built from methods I used during my professional career. I also explain a bit about how to actually locate evidence in that article too.

Remember that the small sub section, “Dealing with doubts” follows this article. In turn that is followed by the article, “Defining faith and belief”. It explains ‘how and why’ I use those two words, “belief” and “faith”, in this article and others on this website.


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