THE FRAMEWORK FOR EVIDENCE
Evidence that enables us to believe in God must
be evaluated within a sound framework.
Firstly I want to make it clear that real Christian faith is not
based on wishful thinking. In fact, ‘blind
faith’ is almost guaranteed to fail when it is eventually put to
the test by a
major life disaster (i.e. when it is most needed). As I have written in the article “How to believe in God”, just like me, you should find sound evidence of God’s
presence, on which to base your own faith and belief, if you know where
to look. It is the aim of this website to provide you with guidance in
And in the intro to “How to believe in God” I used the term “genuine evidence”, when referring to proving God’s
existence? What did I mean by that? Well, for someone of my professional background, definitions for demonstrating proof through evidence inevitably include words
like “valid”, “relevant” and “sufficient”.
In simple words that would relate to a Christian, the ‘evidence’ for building belief in God should fit the following framework. Firstly, it must be based on our own experiences (it is ‘valid’ evidence). Secondly, It must be compatible with the Bible (it is ‘relevant’ evidence). Finally, we must find enough of it to satisfy ourselves (it is ‘sufficient’ evidence).
Bear in mind that I do not mean
that one must be an expert on the Bible to begin that search. (A brief explanation of Christianity
is provided in the final section of this website.) But, however, it is true
that evidence of God’s presence actually does become all the more obvious with the growth of our Biblically based knowledge of him.
So, for a Christian, true ‘belief’ in God ultimately comes from genuine evidence. And that evidence is gained through our own personal experiences, in our lives and in the Church, then evaluated through the framework explained above.