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Substance and Evidence
When asked questions about their faith, some Christians resort to responses such as:

  • Saying something like, "You just gotta have faith."
  • Saying that the questioner is too "un-spiritual" to understand, or may even be under satanic control.
  • Spouting a series of Bible verses which have little or no application to the question they were asked.
  • Repeating a pet Bible phrase, almost as though it were a mantra.
   
2 Tim 2.15 commands us to work hard so we have a good grasp and understanding of the Bible.

Responses such as those listed above demonstrate a person has NOT worked hard in learning about the faith.
  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Tim 2.15)
1 Pet 3.15 commands us to give an answer to those who ask questions about our faith.

Responses such as those listed above are NOT answers. They are merely platitudes.
  Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. (1 Pet 3.15, KJV)

The two stories which follow are meant to illustrate the facts set forth in Heb 11.1. Christianity is NOT based on a blind leap of faith. Rather, our faith is based upon substantial evidences. The following are but a few examples:

  • Hundreds of miraculously fulfilled prophecies.
  • The empty tomb.
  • The testimony of more than 500 eye-witnesses to the resurrection.
  • Numerous archeological finds.
  • The whole counsel of the Word of God.
 

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Heb 11.1

Our Goal

Biblebell's goal is to assist you in studying God's word (2 Tim 2.15) and preparing yourself to give reasons for your Christian beliefs (1 Pet 3.15).

May God richly bless you as you walk in obedience to His word.

Two Similar Stories -- But With a Big Difference

Story Number 1

 

Story Number 2

All alone, a fellow has climbed high up a mountain.   Same lone fellow on the mountain.
Suddenly a blizzard strikes.   Same blizzard strikes.
Unable to see and freezing, the fellow edges his way down the slope. But he reaches a cliff.   Same cliff. He stops and cries for help.
Groping blindly with his hands, the fellow feels nothing below him but empty space.   Oh joy! He hears a voice directly below the cliff.
"If I leap off the cliff," he thinks, "I MIGHT fall a long way and die. But if I stay here I'll freeze and SURELY die."   "Don't worry!" the voice says. "It's only a few feet down and you'll be safe. Have no fear. I'll catch you. Go ahead and jump."
He leaps off the cliff, hoping for the best.   The fellow leaps off the cliff, trusting in the voice, believing in the promise.
That is the so-called blind leap of faith.   And THAT dear friends is the Christian leap of faith.
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