Francis R. Beattie concluded that “Christianity is either EVERYTHING for mankind, or NOTHING. It is either the highest certainty or the greatest delusion….But if Christianity be EVERYTHING for mankind, it is important for every man to be able to give a good reason for the hope that is in him in regard to the eternal verities of the Christian faith. To accept these verities in an unthinking way, or to receive them simply on authority, is not enough for an intelligent and stable faith.”
That said more simply, we must know what we believe based on the facts of the thing and be able to defend that belief to others.
Our process of discipleship will be that very thing. Looking at the intellectually sound facts of Christianity and developing our beliefs from those facts while at the same time preparing for the moment when we can share those beliefs with another person.
In Matthew 22:37 Jesus commanded us to, “ love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all of your mind” (italics mine). For me that means that Jesus expects that we will engage our mind and the logical processes of our mind in the love that we have for God. To do any less seems to diminish God rather than enlarging him.
The apostle Paul said, “I know whom I have believed in,” (2 Timothy 1:12) and Jesus said, “You shall know (not ignore) the truth, and the truth shall set you free”. (John 8:32)
Paul Little wrote, “Faith in Christianity is based on evidence. It is reasonable faith. Faith in the Christian sense goes beyond reason but not against it.”
Some have suggested that sincere faith or blind faith is what is really important. That the substance and veracity of what you have faith in is less important. I could not disagree more. It is good to have faith, but it is not your faith that is the most important, but what you have faith in. The Apostle Paul said, “ If Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty…And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!” (1 Corinthians 15:14,17)
So I ask you, “Where are you in your faith?”