…faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen. (Emphasis mine.)
~ Hebrews 11:1
Conviction: A firmly held belief or opinion.
On April 7th, an adaptation of Lee Strobel’s bestselling book The Case for Christ is coming out.
It is the story of an investigative journalist who, setting out to prove that Jesus wasn’t who he said he was, ends up believing that Jesus was who he said he was.
I have one problem with The Case for Christ, and it stems from Matthew 16:13 — 17:
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.
On the one hand: I’m glad that Lee Strobel, through his research, found Jesus.
On the other hand: Faith in Jesus, as Matthew 16:13 — 17 shows, ultimately can’t be boiled down to what can be proven with evidence (“flesh and blood”).
When it comes to believing that Jesus is the only son of God and that faith in him will help to save one’s soul from Hell, that belief ultimately can’t be justified with what can be seen with one’s eyes, smelled with one’s nose, felt with one’s fingers and toes, tasted with one’s tongue, or heard with one’s ears.
I think of faith in Jesus as an unfinished bridge:
I’ll ultimately never be able to cross the bridge with all the steel (evidence) I’ve assembled, so I’m just going to have to hit the gas (have faith) and hope I clear the gap.