Faith And Facts: Together or Separate?

Christianity is something I’ve always known. I have no “great conversion experience” because I was eased into the Gospel throughout my entire life. I can’t even give you a specific time of when I trusted Christ as my Savior, I only know that I trust Him right now and that’s what’s important.

But sometimes when I’m brought to a place where my strength is all but gone and doubts begin to arise, it makes my heart wonder, have I believed all this only because it’s what I’ve known since I was young? What if I’m wrong?

It scares me to think this way. I hate the fact that I doubt. But at the same time, it is important to examine our beliefs. You see, God is not a God of blind faith. Even when He says to us, “Trust me,” we are not relying on wishful thinking that He’ll come through; it is the fact that He was faithful in the past that gives us confidence in His faithfulness now.

People try to take facts and faith and push them apart; in their minds these two do not belong together. But honestly, they are closer than you might think.

Christianity is not the kind of religion that says, “Ask me anything… except that question.” God knows that His way is true; He knows that it will pass every test. And while there are things about God that our human minds can never fully grasp, the more we examine His Word, the further our understanding of Him will grow.

Of course, our examination is prone to mistakes due to our own human nature, so tread carefully. God’s Word is important and not meant to be taken in any way we please. But through carefulness on our part, and the help of the Holy Spirit, we can understand what we believe.

If you don’t, what will you tell others? How will you explain your faith to them if you barely know what it is that you believe? Search the scriptures. Read some good commentaries¹ from guys like Matthew Henry, Charles Spurgen, John Calvin, or Albert Barnes. Talk to your pastor about what you’re learning – see if he can explain some of the wording and context or simply offer a new perspective. And pray and ask God to open your heart to the truth within His word.

Christianity isn’t supposed to be a congregation of mesmerized zombies, being spoon fed the gospel and never questioning a word, so don’t be afraid to dig deep and start eating more than just mush. Grow. One of the greatest privileges of knowing God is getting to know Him better.

“but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” -2 Peter 3:18

Check Out This Post On My Dad’s Blog:
Interpreting Scripture

¹e-Sword is a great Bible software that is completely free and offers several translations and commentaries.

4 comments

  1. Ania says:

    Also a great song I lately discovered and thought I’d share it with you (like an addition to my last comment) 🙂

    We pray for blessings
    We pray for peace
    Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
    We pray for healing, for prosperity
    We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
    All the while, You hear each spoken need
    Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

    ‘Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
    What if Your healing comes through tears
    What if a thousand sleepless nights
    Are what it takes to know You’re near
    What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

    We pray for wisdom
    Your voice to hear
    And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
    We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
    As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
    All the while, You hear each desperate plea
    And long that we’d have faith to believe

    ‘Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
    What if Your healing comes through tears
    What if a thousand sleepless nights
    Are what it takes to know You’re near
    And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

    When friends betray us
    When darkness seems to win
    We know that pain reminds this heart
    That this is not, this is not our home
    It’s not our home

    ‘Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
    What if Your healing comes through tears
    And what if a thousand sleepless nights
    Are what it takes to know You’re near
    What if my greatest disappointments
    Or the aching of this life
    Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
    And what if trials of this life
    The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
    Are Your mercies in disguise

    • Thank you, Ania, for your encouragement and prayers! Your comment means a lot. I’m so glad to be able to encourage others through this struggle and for the opportunity to teach through this blog. 🙂 Blessings to you, my friend! You are in my prayers as well.
      And thanks for the song lyrics! I love that song; it’s one of my favorites and has encouraged me a lot lately. 🙂
      Love always,
      Rachel Allison

  2. Ania says:

    Rachel Allison, I read your comment on LYWB on the latest post about trusting God in difficult situations and I just wanted to tell you how I am thankful for your service on this blog and how You choose to follow Christ no matter how hard things are. I know life may be hard, of course I cannot really understand what You’re going through, but just wanted to say I’ll be praying for you, so you would press on and so God would strenghten You every day as You continue to follow Him and learn to be like Him.
    I really admire you 🙂 And You encouraged me so many times on this blog,
    God Bless
    Praying
    Ania

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