What do I mean by “faith pursuing reason”?

Why read another Christian blog? Frankly, I find it strange that you are even reading this one. I trust that you are bored, or maybe you were you drawn here by the name: Faith Pursuing Reason (a modification of “faith seeking understanding”). If so, it may help if I begin to define what I mean. If you are not convinced, stick around for future discussions on the nature of faith and its role in the life of a Christian.

My starting point is faith. I became a Christian by faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God. Moreover, I believe that God exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Faith is also the ground upon which I build my beliefs about the Bible. That is, I believe that the biblical authors were inspired by God to record His revelation to humanity.

As a young believer, I wanted to find convincing proofs of the essential aspects of the Christian faith. It wasn’t long before I dove deep into the study of Christian apologetics (more on apologetics in future posts). The more I studied, the more I became convinced that my faith was built on solid ground. However, I was frustrated by the response of my unbelieving friends and colleagues. I laid out the proofs, arguments, and reasons for the existence of God, the deity of Christ, and the authenticity of the biblical records. Yet, they refused to believe. [Skipping over years of study and frustration.] I eventually came to realize that my unbelieving friends and I had drastically different starting points.  Although we had the same evidence, we were evaluating it through different lenses. My starting point was faith. Therefore, I viewed the evidence as validating my beliefs. Their starting point was unbelief, which caused them to interpret the facts differently.

Our worldviews are worlds apart!

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My faith is the result of the regenerative work of the Holy Spirit whereby I was made a new creation in Christ. Likewise, God has enabled me to believe the truths that I previously suppressed. In my unbelieving state, I ignorantly and willfully denied the truths that I now believe. What is the difference? God’s amazing grace!

In response to this amazing gift, I search for reasons why Christianity is a viable explanation of the universe and human existence. Although I don’t have all the answers, I believe that the eternal God revealed Himself in the person of Jesus Christ. Likewise, I believe that Jesus died both as a sacrifice for my sins and as my substitute, that he rose from the dead, and he ascended back to the Father. Although there is significant historical evidence to support the New Testament claims about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, there is nothing, apart from faith, to support the Christian belief that Jesus is currently interceding for believers and seated at the right hand of God (lit. “in the seat of authority). Yet, I believe that He has received all authority in heaven and the earth and is continuously interceding for Christians. However, I don’t believe any of the above claims because of modern science, which can neither prove nor disprove my presuppositions about God. To the contrary, I believe because God has made me alive in Christ.

More to come,

Pastor T.J.

The phrase, “fides quaerens intellectum” (faith seeking understanding) has been primarily associated with Anslem, Bishop of Canterbury (A.D. 1033-1109).

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