Rev. Sammie Madison: Having an Intelligent Faith is to Possess Biblical Faith (From “The Torch”)

Why so many people relate to biblical faith as a “leap in the dark” is something that has escaped my reasoning. The faith which the Bible exhorts us to have is not an empty faith, neither is it a blind faith, but a faith of substance and essence.

The Bible tells us that we are saved by our faith in God. This truism is established in Ephesians 2:8 where it states “For by grace are ye saved through faith . . . it is the gift of God.” Yes, it is putting trust in the redemptive work of Christ.

BIBLICAL FAITH

The meaning of biblical faith is clearly stated in Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Notice that biblical faith is presented as the “substance of things hoped for.” The word “substance” connotes having something tangible and concrete to deal with. It has an object that it relates to and the object which it relates to is none other than God. God is the object of biblical faith. The Bible unequivocally tells us that God should be the object of our faith. Thus, we read these words in Mark 11:22 : “And Jesus answering, saith unto them (the disciples), have faith in God.”

THE CHRISTIAN FAITH IS A BIBLICAL FAITH

Contrary to what so many people believe, the Christian faith is a biblical faith, and a biblical faith is having an intelligent faith; therefore, an intelligent faith is not a faith void of substance or without essence, but a faith that is invested in the promises, the integrity, and the eternal Word of God. God is not a man that He should lie, but will deliver on what He says He will do (Numbers 22:19). Therefore, our salvation, our “hope,” is confidently in Him who died for our sins some 2,000 years ago.

Oh, no, my friend, the Christian faith is not a “leap in the dark,” but a leap into the arms of God who says even today, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29).

A BIBLICAL FAITH MANIFESTS CONFIDENCE IN THE RECORD OF GOD’S SON JESUS CHRIST

I thank God that biblical Christianity can be just as practical and intelligent in its approach to life as anything else we believe in. God only wants us to examine what we believe in light of the evidence and the record that He has presented to us concerning His Son. What God does not want is for us to be partial in our ways when it comes to the things of God. How often do we see those who readily accept the records of men as being true, and yet, many of these same people question the record that God presents to us of His Son. I see such hypocrisy as a spirit of anti-Christ in the world, today.

THE RECORD OF GOD GREATER

We read in the Epistle of I John 5:9-13 how the record of God concerning His Son is greater and should be esteemed higher than the records of mere man. You and I know that quite frequently in the records of men there are numerous errors, distortions, and inaccurate reporting of information; yet, most people do not seem alarmed or greatly disturbed by the erroneous reporting of such information. However, let what seems like just one contradiction be found in the Bible there is ground for condemning the entire Bible as a book of fables.

And, yet, for a God who cannot lie (Titus 1:2) and for a God whose reputation is beyond reproach, still men are more proned to reject God’s witness and the record which God has given us of His Son Jesus Christ. The record which God has given us of His Son is the inerrant Scriptures, the infallible Word of God, the Holy Bible. The psalmist declares God’s Word this way: “Forever, O Lord, they Word is settled in Heaven” (Psalm 119:98); nevertheless, when it comes to the credibility of this Book, we see men who, somehow, view the Bible with doubtful disputation. What a farce! What a sad commentary!