The Importance of Faith
In discussing the fallout in the mainstream media following President Bush's comments on teaching intelligent design alongside evolution (see "President Bush on Teaching Intelligent Design"), Chuck Colson, in his BreakPoint commentary today, puts into perspective why having faith is important for Christians in this or any other Biblical debate: . . .
I had studied biblical worldview for years and believed that I could prove beyond a doubt that the biblical worldview is the only one that is rational, the only one that conforms to the truth of the way the world is made. But that led to a spiritual crisis of sorts, when one morning in my quiet time I realized that while I could prove all of this, I could not prove who God was. I began to worry: When this life was over, would I really meet Him?
Some weeks later, as I describe in my new book The Good Life, it hit me that if I could prove God, I could not know Him. The reason is that, just as He tells us, He wants us to come like little children with faith. If you could resolve all intellectual doubts, there would be no need for faith. You would then know God the same way that you know the tree in the garden outside your home. You would look at it, know it is there, and that's it, as Thomas Aquinas once said.
Faith is necessary because without it you cannot love God. So . . . if you could prove God, you couldn't love Him, which is His whole purpose in creating you.