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THE FRAMEWORK FOR EVIDENCE

Evidence that enables us to believe in God must
be evaluated within a sound framework
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Firstly I want to make it clear that real 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 Gods 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 that regard.

And in the intro to How to believe in GodI used the term genuine evidence, when referring to proving Gods existence? What do 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 Gods 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.