While on a recent trip, I was out one morning and another gentleman insisted that I look up to the sky, specifically into the sun. Immediately, I thought it to be a strange demand coming from someone that I did not know, but his inquisitive smile and pleasant demeanor enabled me to concede to his polite demand.
As I looked up straight into the late morning sun, I was able to see what he saw, something that neither one of us had ever seen, and he, being much older than I, marveled at the sight. I gladfully marveled with him.
I am certain that it was something that science could easily explain, still I cannot, but all could see who chose to. There, surrounding the bright morning sun, was a perfect rainbow in a perfect circle completely surrounding the sun. I have seen many a rainbow in my time, and the sight of such does bring a sense of joy and awareness of the atmosphere around us with the mixture of light and water vapor. The elements of sunshine and rainfall are typically required for a rainbow, and the sight of the rainbow is typically away from the sun.
It had not rained, not in our locale, that is, and we were looking straight at the sun around 11 am that morning. The circle of rainbow around the sun dynamically was perfect. Although science could explain it, I believe that only God could create such a sight to behold. It was indeed majestic.
I speak about this event, not to conjure up some deep spiritual meaning to life, but to bring us to some type of realisation, an acknowledge of sorts, that not everyone saw what we saw that day. It was not in the television news, that I'm aware of; nor was it found as an explosive phenomenon on the internet news either. It was what it was and whoever saw it, saw it in its glory, and after an hour, it was gone. I still see it in my mind, as clear as it was in those moments.
What I do want us to see are facts, facts as we see facts, rather than illusions that others tell us what we see or don't see.
If that man had told me that he saw a rainbow around the sun that morning, and I, having not seen it, probably would have looked at him with a strange look of non-verbal retort and lifted eyebrow, stating, 'Why are you telling me this?' Or, 'Are you sure you saw what you saw?' Or, 'That's a little unusual, and the not so common thing to see, I've never seen that before...' and then go on my way with very little concern for his sighting of something that was so majestic, it was indescribable.
It was a scientific fact that we saw what we saw and can most probably be fully and easily explained by a meteorologist, or high school science teacher. It was there and no one can tell me that it wasn't.
As science facts are facts as gravity is as real as throwing a ball up into the air and expecting the law of gravity to exert itself onto the ball to bring it back to my hand, so are Biblical spiritual facts just as real and existent as science facts.
Biblical facts are based on faith, if you have the God kind of faith to believe that God is, that the Bible is the Word of God, then you believe that in faith. If you do not believe that God is, or that the Bible is the Word of God, then you simply do not believe that; I, nor anyone else can make that a fact for you, you simply do not believe. I have no argument with you.
Contrary to contemporary beliefs of apologetics, faith cannot be argued. The scriptures cannot be, nor do they need to be, defended to an unbeliever. If the unbeliever does not believe in God, does not have faith, does not believe that the Word of God is what it is, no human is going to convince that unbeliever of those 'faith facts' because the first requirement to believing the faith facts is faith. If you do not believe those foundational facts about God, Jesus, and the Word of God, you simply do not have the faith to believe. And because you do not have the faith to believe, does not mean that they do not exist, for they do, you simply do not believe it.
One may contend here based on their empirical knowledge that God does not exist, but any empirical knowledge would be skewed because one would have to believe the knowledge derived based on the faith that their knowledge is forthwith, undeniable and proven through experience and no such knowledge exists. Or, does it? Is there undeniable knowledge existing in our natural realm that proves the non-existence of God...in someones mind, someone has the faith to not believe. But only in their mind.
God is Spirit and those who worship Him, worship Him in spirit and in truth. There is no other way to worship God, other than the way that He has said it in His Word. For someone to not adhere to the Word of God because they do not believe, is entirely believable and has been since its creation. However, even non belief is faith in the non belief order of things and sets the human on a course that is foretold in the Word of God.
Because it requires faith to believe faith facts, it would also require faith to believe in the absolute certainty of absolute truth. Everyone has an opinion, or a perspective, just as they have an armpit, or two. Value justification is as such. But, here, we are not talking about perspective, opinion, value, appraisal, or perception. Here, we seek after truth, and the truth that I know to be true is the Truth of God. He is certain. He is undeniable and unchanging. Jesus said that He is the Truth and the Life, I believe that to be true. And, it is True, whether you, or I believe it, or not.
For a man to say that he is a Christian is to say that he believes that Jesus is Lord, that the Word of God is True, and that man would also be saying that he walks in the Light as He is in the Light. These are all faith facts within the Word itself. Confession of Jesus Christ is not just an audible verbal opening of the mouth saying, 'I believe', oh no, it is far more than that. Confession means that every particle of my being not only believes, but lives in, abides in, that Truth, and so walks according to that belief system that is so very well descriptive in the scriptures.
A man who calls himself Christian is man who lives and abides in the Word, Jesus, out of love for His Father Who brought him into the Light. Obedience is wrought from love, the same love that He gave us. A Christian does not pick and choose his verses of obedience, for that is neither obedience, nor love, nor truthful.
A man is not a Christian just because he says he grew up in a Christian household. The mere expression of that belief is an ignorant acknowledgement that he is unaware of what the Word of God says as well as expressing ignorance of the abiding relationship that ensues in the walk of a Christian walking in the Light of grace. If a man will, out of ignorance, or knowledge, lie about the allegiance that he is supposed to walk in, his life is a life of an actor, a hypocrite, who is incapable of knowing truth and walking in it.
Spiritual truths are believed by spiritual men who are led by the Spirit of God. These spiritual truths are spiritual facts believed in faith. Unbelief in the non-existence of these truths is unbelief indeed and that person is just as real as any spiritual man that ever walked the earth.
The person who does not believe has conscripted himself to the ranks of the unbelief and has wagered the bet that Pascal warned us of so many years ago, "If God does not exist, one will lose nothing by believing in Him, while if He does exist, one will lose everything by not believing."
(101 Great Philosophers, Madsen Pirie, MJF Books, page 74)