A Rational Faith
I’ve heard it said that any rational, thinking person cannot believe in God (the modern mindset). I have also heard it said that God exists, but He can’t be found through reason; He can be discovered only through intuition and experience (the postmodern mindset).
Neither of these extremes is true. First, many brilliant people have come to faith in Christ. One’s level of intelligence and ability to reason has nothing to do with it. And second, knowing God isn’t based solely on subjective experience, but on objective absolutes as well.
God has revealed himself to us through creation, through Jesus Christ (who was not simply a good teacher or a compassionate guide, but God Incarnate), and through His Word, the Bible. We can’t know God without faith in Christ, and we can’t grow as believers without an intimate knowledge of the Scriptures.
A word about the Bible: Far from being a collection of myths, as many people claim, the Bible contains many eyewitness accounts of historical events. For an excellent overview of the Bible’s historical reliability, see the chapter titled “Can I Believe the Bible?” in “Surprised by Faith,” by Dr. Don Bierle.
People come to God using both mind and heart. Faith is a reasonable, rational and valid response to God’s revelation of himself to humanity. We have good reasons to believe, reasons supported by creation, history, archaeology, even science.
To learn more about the reasons for our faith, I recommend:
www.reasons.org Reasons to Believe
www.answersingenesis.org Answers in Genesis: Upholding the Authority of the Bible from the very first verse
www.4truth.net Apologetics: A Reasoned Defense of Christianity
www.str.org Stand to Reason
“Surprised by Faith,” by Dr. Don Bierle. Also www.faithsearch.org
“The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief,” by Francis S. Collins
“The Case for Christ,” by Lee Strobel