Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen… Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear (Hebrews 11:1,3)

 By Reeves

eyeviewI turn skeptical to a person who says, “I only believe in what I see other than that nothing is real” or “I will believe in God if I see Him.” Is seeing believing then? This metaphysical theory (view of reality) assumes that all reality can be reduce to explained by physical matter–a crude materialism. In other words, for something to be sensed by our five senses, it must be visible.  

The difficulty about believing in God is that he cannot be sense with our five senses. Think about this for a moment. Can you actually trust in a being who is beyond our senses? Who cannot answer our needs when we need Him the most. No audible voice from heaven telling us to be still for a moment, and wait for His graceful rescue. 

I understand my empiricist friends. How can they believe and have faith in something or someone that is beyond their normal cognitive faculties. After all, only a insane person (so they think) believes in someone who does not exist at least to our senses. Is this true that only those we can see, touch, taste, hear and smell is all there is?

Think again for a moment. Take a few second to get through your rational mind and at least try to rethink your materialistic thinking all over again. Did you come up anything that might change your empiricist thinking? 

Okay, this is how I think about me and God who happens to be ‘invisible’ for some but visible for others. First and foremost God is invisible. This is the reason that we cannot detect God with our eyes since He is a Spirit. Besides, this fallacy is what philosophers call a category fallacy.

A Category Error 

For example, it is a category fallacy to say about the taste of the color blue. Colors are not food. In addition, it is a category fallacy to fault colors by not having a taste. 

Likewise, it is a category fallacy to ascribe sensory qualities to God or fault him for not being a visible object. God is by definition an infinite Spirit. It is not part of the nature of a spirit being to be visible as any material object would be. God doesn’t have shapes like we humans do or anything else that exist. 

I remember my experiences with typhoons. You would understand the damaging impacts of this phenomena if you ever experienced one. Typhoons are too strong that it can literally bend the strongest tree. 

It can even damage houses and buildings in a matter of seconds. Sad enough though, it can cause ruins to hundreds or thousands of human beings. Here is the catch, even the ablest skeptic and materialist cannot deny the existence of typhoons (especially if his/her house were evaporated). 

One cannot see the cause of it, though one can see the effects of it. There are things that exists independent from our normal cognitive faculties. 

Some Self-Contradictory Statements

A Self-Contradictory statement both affirms and denies its own basic meaning. For instance, the proposition “I only believe in what I see” cannot itself be seen! This statement is neither visible to to our eyes nor detectable in science laboratory. Minds for instance cannot be located anywhere.

Yet we know undoubtedly that minds exist. Are we then going to ceased to use our minds because we cannot see it? Only a nut case can deny the existence of mind. Philosopher and Christian DR. Greg L. Bahnsen has is right to the point when he said,

“”All significant knowledge about the objective world is empirical in nature?” The most obvious and philosophical significant reply would be that if the preceding statement were true, then–on the basis of its claim–we could never know that it is true. Why? Simply because the statement in question is not itself known as the result of empirical testing and experience. Therefore, according to its own strict standards, the statement could not amount to significant knowledge about the objective world 1.”   

In Addition, can we really locate our minds somewhere? Can we put it in a jar or in a test tube? Can we weight and measure it? No, I think not. How about love? Are we going to deny love because it is beyond our senses? Are we not going to love our spouses, parents, neighbors, friends because it cannot be seen? How about goodness? Can we touch it or see it? Are we going to reject the virtue of goodness because we cannot put it in a box or look at? 

The universe began to exist but who started it existence? The intricate design we see in the universe, nature and to ourselves must come from a genius architect which is God. Life must come from life. Mind must come from mind. He’s creation speaks clearly and “shout’s” for He’s existence. An intelligent mind is the best explanation of the existence of the cosmos.

Resources—————————————- 

1. Always Ready: Direction for Defending Faith, DR. Greg L. Bahnsen; Covenant Media Foundation (p.187) 

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