A Story About Faith: How to Illustrate Biblical Faith
by Mikel Del Rosario
I just finished doing an all-day apologetics training event at Our Savior’s Church for the Desert Apologetics Network. Dr. Craig Hazen closed up the event and we got a great reception from this group. One of my presentations was on using stories, objects and illustrations to explain your faith.
Let me give you a sample of something I shared about the biblical concept of faith.
In this post, I’ll show you a simple way to contrast the pop culture definition of the word, “faith” with the biblical definition of the word, “faith.” Because they’re actually pretty different.
The Pop Culture Definition of Faith
Ever heard a story about faith that characterized it as a blind leap into the dark? It’s interesting to see how many people say that faith is the opposite of reason.
I’ve heard people say, “If you have all this evidence, how can you have any faith?” Or “I thought faith wasn’t supposed to having anything to do with reason. I thought faith was just this blind leaping into some sort of religious experience.”
That definition really isn’t too far off…if you heard a spiritual guru tell a story about faith on a daytime talk show or something. In a pop culture context, it’s all about taking a blind leap in the dark. But that’s not the Biblical concept of faith. So, what’s the historic Christian definition?
The Historic Christian Definition of Faith
Biblical faith isn’t a “blind faith” that’s opposed to reason, evidence or logic. For example, in 1st Corinthians 15:17, Paul says:
If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.
Paul doesn’t encourage a faith that rejects evidence. Instead, he pins the truth of Christianity on a historical event which can be tested for truth by reason and evidence. Paul says that if Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, Christianity is a total lie.
So, biblical faith isn’t “blind faith.” Rather, it’s an active trust that’s dependent on a historical event that can be investigated. You can find a Christian definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
So faith isn’t just wishing. It’s having real assurance. What’s that assurance based on? Evidence. Now how does that work?