You Say You Believe – Do You?

by Alex on June 14, 2012

Each week we publicly confess our faith in our church by corporately reciting The Nicene Creed.  I love this because it truly reminds us of the catholicity of our faith – notice I did not say “Roman” – but rather catholicity in the sense that we are part of one church through time and place as we confess the one “faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3).

Yes, each week we start off the same:

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,
and of all things visible and invisible.

A few weeks ago I paused at the end of this first phrase.  It occurred to me that even though we confirm and confess this each week, I wondered how many actually believe this statement to the depth of their soul.  I wondered how deeply I believed this myself.  Just how affected are we by the talking heads, the experts in the white coats, and even the “bible in the classroom” – the textbook – that states that time plus chance could really and probably bring the primordial sludge to us to today?

Do we really find ourselves rooted in the Word of God where God states “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”?  Do we really believe and know that because God tells us the heavens and earth (all things visible and invisible) were created in six days that it really was?  Or do we try to hem and haw, wanting to somehow believe but not knowing if we can simply because “the experts” say differently?

I confess and believe that we have a reasonable faith.  When we look at the rock layers we see them differently from those wearing the “white coats” and know that we can explain and understand them from the flood.  We are thankful for ministries such as Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum to help us understand that how the six-day creation and global flood provide a more reasonable explanation for what we find in science.  But…that’s not the root and reason why I can rest in the truths that God truly created the heavens and the earth.  I don’t find myself (or at least I shouldn’t) breathing a sigh of relief because the creationist has an answer for the latest findings in the fossil record.

No, the reason I can breathe a sigh of relief and confess with my lips and heart is because, “God saith”.  And when I don’t, its because of my sinful heart.  Its because I’m hearing the lie, “Did God really say?”  The solution is not to pick up another creationist book (although we love them!) but rather to repent.  The solution is to pray the prayer of “the one in the crowd” – the father of the son whose child was afflicted by a spirit. (Mark 9:14-24) -

“Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

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