Answering Questions: Part 4
Someone recently asked me to expand on the idea that Christians should explore and research the claims made by Dan Brown in The Da Vinci Code so they could develop a "real faith". Here's what I mean by that. Faith requires a leap, but it's not a leap in the dark. God has left plenty of good, hard evidence for believing in things like his existence, the reliability of the Bible and the historicity of Jesus' resurrection. However, when many Christians are asked to explain why they believe what they believe, the response amounts to little more than "God said it; I believe it; that settles it."
In our world, that doesn't cut it.
When people ask, "How do you know God said it?" or "How do you know God didn't say something else?" the response is mostly blank stares and awkward silence.
Let me be clear: that is not faith; that is wishful thinking or blind naivete.
Real faith is believing in what you cannot see because of what you can see. Until I am willing to investigate the claims of Christianity I do not have a real faith of my own, and I am not being faithful to what God has called me to do:
"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect" (1 Peter 3:15).