THE FRAMEWORK FOR EVIDENCE
Evidence that enables us to believe in God must
be evaluated within a sound framework.
A clear definition of "proof" is needed in that 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 “Believing 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
This article goes on to define what the terms “proof” and “genuine evidence”actually mean within this website.
2. DEFINITION OF THE TERM "PROOF"
Let me firstly say what “proof of God’s existence”, does not mean on this website. It does not refer to ‘proving’ in a scientific sense. Indeed God will never be proven to exist scientifically, because he prevents it.
Rather, when I do write the word “prove” through this website, I mean meet the accepted standard we require to conclude that anything
is real within our day-to-day lives. In essence, the average human being
accepts things as
‘believable’ when they locate evidence supporting the standard of “beyond
reasonable doubt”, as far as they are concerned. It is thereby acknowledged by us at that point,
through our power of reasoning, to be ‘real’.
Actually, belief in God can come to be virtually concrete for us
individually! To say less than that would be a disservice to you.
3. DEFINITION OF "GENUINE EVIDENCE"
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”. (The who’s, how’s and why’s of this website are presented on the home page.)
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.
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 during our journey of faith, then evaluated through the framework explained above.
due to the personalised nature of our faith and belief
it is unlikely that we can convince other people to accept them as we
Everyone simply has to do it for themselves by embarking on their own
journey of faith, gathering their own evidence as they proceed!