“The life I now live in the body, I live
by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Gal 2:20
Faith is a way of seeing. We don’t see with our eyes, we see through faith, our inner eye.
I felt like pulling out my hair and gnashing my teeth when we I was listening to a debate
between a Christian apologist and a prominent atheist. It was quite a painful
“Aren’t you afraid you will harm your faith listening to that?” Kathy was concerned.
“Well, I may lose my sanity.”
The two had entirely different ways of seeing things and, no matter how hard they tried or
lack of effort thereof, they simply couldn’t find a middle ground. Their
differences were heaven and earth, literary.
I see the face of God when I behold the sky, but others only see endless blueness and
floating clouds and, beyond that, nothing. I sense the Lord is whispering to me
when I hear a bird singing, but others may just hear meaningless chirping in
the empty air and, beyond that, nothing.
“You are a poet. You are imagining things,” you argue.
“Faith combined with imagination equals reality.”
People without faith only daydream; people with faith can imagine spiritually, which
is an “extension” of the Scriptures. Faith is a kind of spiritual imagination
which leads to heavenly reality.
Faith does not create reality; it reveals it. That’s why we like to close our eyes when we
pray or mediate. When our outer eyes are closed, our inner eye open up. That’s
why we can still see when we dream and God can communicate to us if he so
Random imagination is a hit and miss ordeal, but spiritual imagination is guided by
faith and our knowledge of the Scriptures; therefore it enables us to see what’s
shrouded in deep mystery.
How do we comfort a family friend who just lost her only child who was only twenty-four? Ryan was
a medal-winning body-builder and was in his prime.
Kathy is going to send her a card with some scripture verses, hoping to strengthen her
faith in God with God’s word, enabling her to see beyond the awful tragedy and
to envision where her beloved son was heading and to anticipate the future
reunion with him. When she envisions with faith, it may actually feel like
reality, and therefore bring hope and comfort.
“Curse God and die,” Job’s wife was at her wit’s end caring for her ailing husband when
she uttered these words. We are domed without faith, for what we witness in
this life is nothing but vanity.
A famous atheist debater who was universally lauded for his intellect has since passed
away and, true to his words, he remained an atheist until he breathed his last.
Heroic indeed, but whatever he did in this life will surely follow him and he
will be held accountable for all, I imagine.