17th October 2013

Seeing and Believing 

“Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’”
J
ohn 20:29 (NIV) 

Here is a thought experiment about different kinds of belief:
A crime has been committed and there were two initial suspects, both of whom you happen to know personally. (Let’s say you are not the investigating officer, so that you are under no obligation to discount personal knowledge of the suspects.) In the case of Suspect A, there is no evidence to exonerate him, but yet you feel an inner certainty that he would not and did not commit the crime. Suspect B comes up with a watertight alibi, and so you know he was not the perpetrator either. You believe it must have been someone else, since you are equally sure neither A nor B did it: A, because you would trust him anywhere, and B, because there is clear evidence. 

Which is the better kind of belief? Which way would you choose for people to believe in you? Why did Jesus value more highly the belief that is not limited to the empirical evidence—the belief that is rooted in relationship, trust and honour? 

Sometimes along the Christian path it might be nice to have proof—ongoing and unmistakeable evidence—of what God is about. However, ancient Israel’s journey in the wilderness stands as one long-drawn-out example of the insufficiency of visual evidence to engender true loyalty (Psalm 106). Seeing may be one kind of believing, but the belief in someone’s inner character—that which could be called faith between those who know one another—is to be blessed. 

Prayer
God, you know how firmly indoctrinated we are by culture and education to rely only on physical evidence. You ask for another kind of belief, and we try to work up some sort of effort or emotion when what we really need is to know Jesus. Help our unbelief.
Amen
 

Study by Fiona Jones 

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fionajones1About the Author:
Fiona Jones attends the Worldwide Church of God UK in Perth/Fife where she assists her husband in his pastoral role there.

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Worldwide Church of God Perth
Combination of house churches and monthly outreach service and lunch
Gillespie Centre, Dunfermline, monthly
House churches on other Saturdays

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One Response to “17th October 2013”

  1. Ian Woodley on October 18th, 2013 7:39 pm

    Hi Fiona
    Thank you for today’s Day By Day – very thought provoking. It is interesting how powerful faith is in a relationship…and that is how God wants to form our relationship with him.
    Great stuff!
    God bless
    Ian

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