while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.(2 Corinthians 4:18) NKJV
Faith and sight are opposites, like light and darkness, good and evil. When you have one you don’t need the other, and vice versa. We also use them as concepts in a unified theory of everything.
Faith isn’t well understood as you can see from the current definition of faith in common use on social media by atheist science trolls (ASTs) and scientifically illiterate science worshipers (SISWs).
Mainstream science propaganda (SciPop)
The problem with this pseudo-definition is that we all have exactly the same evidence. Regardless of what you believe about science or the Bible evidence is evidence and we all have access to it. This is known as Matty’s razor.
We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.– Matty’s Razor
An example of evidence is the worldwide distribution of sedimentary rock. This is represented in geology by something called the stratigraphic column. It’s what we could euphemistically call a scientific fact, although the word fact is sufficient by itself.
A stratigraphic column is a representation used in geology and its subfield of stratigraphy to describe the vertical location of rock units in a particular area. A typical stratigraphic column shows a sequence of sedimentary rocks, with the oldest rocks on the bottom and the youngest on top.– Stratigraphic column, definition (Wikipedia)
The question isn’t whether or not the stratigraphic column is evidence, the question should be: what is it evidence of? This is why our choice of paradigm is so important, because it’s going to determine what we believe about the evidence.
The Stratigraphic Column is evidence of…
- In mainstream science (SciPop) it’s used as evidence for:
- In Matty’s Paradigm it’s evidence for:
We didn’t see Noah’s flood happen, we don’t have sight. However, we have the testimony of scripture that there was a worldwide flood and we have the worldwide distribution of sedimentary rock as evidence. This means that we can have faith that Noah’s flood happened. Now we can begin to see clearly what faith means.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.(Hebrews 11:1) KJV
This definition of faith is the basis for our epistemological razor. It tells us that faith is the evidence of things that we can’t see, for example atoms. We can’t see atoms but we have faith that matter is made from atoms because there’s a large body of work which we can point to as evidence. It doesn’t say that we believe in something for which there’s no evidence. Here’s our working definition of faith:
Atoms and molecules are a good example of faith because it’s something which everyone agrees on regardless of what we believe about God. This means that faith transcends our choice of paradigm. Faith intersects with our choice of paradigm when we consider things which are paradigm-dependent, but we always base our faith on evidence.
Faith isn’t the opposite of knowledge, faith requires knowledge.
Every one who interacts with the Bible with the intention of influencing what people think about it will be held accountable.