The reason faith is so difficult is that Sense
Knowledge has gained the
ascendency in our educational and religious life.
Sense knowledge has all
come through our physical contact with the world.
We have learned to trust so utterly in our eyes, our
ears, the sense of
touch, of smell, and the sense of taste that spiritual
things are hard for
us to understand.
It is easy to believe in things you can see.
The crowd said about Jesus, "We see the miracles; now
we believe in thee."
Thomas fell down at His feet when he saw the wounded
side and the holes in
His hands and feet. He said, "Lord, I believe." Jesus
"Blessed are they who have not seen, yet believe."
The Master touched the
true heart of things there.
True Faith is independent of Sense Knowledge.
The antagonism of the scholastic world to the
Revelation called the Bible
is that the Bible demands faith in things the Senses
Hebrews 11:3 tells us that the worlds have been framed
by faith through
the Word of God. "By faith we understand that the
worlds have been framed
by the word of God, so that what is seen hath not been
made out of things
That explains the first verse, "Now faith is the
assurance of things
hoped for, a conviction of things not seen," or "Faith
is giving substance
to things hoped for."