SEEING IS BELIEVING? (Oh really!??)
Many skeptics say: “Seeing is believing”
Yet some of you have loved ones living in far-off lands, and you never see them in the flesh – for years. Yes you keep in touch and you can see them on a screen, if you wish.
But seeing is not believing that they exist, you already know they exist and who they are, without a shadow of doubt, even though right now at this moment – you do not see them.
In fact believing is (in this context) another word for knowing and vice-versa, knowing is believing.
Paul the Apostle says:‘…for (first) I KNOW whom I have (second) BELIEVED…’ (in brackets – mine)
Now to be fair to those who use their logic a lot – He could be saying he – e.g. – knows which person he has chosen to believe, this person and not that person.
But we know through his Damascus road experience that he was speaking of his spiritual-family relationship with Jesus – “I know whom…”
So knowing Him is first. Secondly, because we know Him, (and His perfect non-lying character) we believe what He says.
But here is the interesting thing – (almost paradoxical) we need to know what He says first – before we can ever hope of knowing Him. And when we believe what He says – we begin to know Him personally.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
As we take God at His word – He reveals Himself to us, and He shows Himself to be true to His word.
There you go – take Him at His word. Come to Him in prayer and you will (if you are patient) get to KNOW HIM.
Faith first – knowing, second. Or – maybe you know Him already (?) – now listen to what He says to gain more faith!
Let’s grab hold of an example –
Matthew 11/28 –
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Come to me (prayer) – stop labouring – tell Him of the heavy burden – and believe to receive rest.
I KNOW – I BELIEVE – (Amplified versions of the bible):
II Timothy 1/12 This is why I suffer as I do. Still, I am not ashamed;for I KNOW Him [and I am personally acquainted with Him] whom I HAVE BELIEVED [with absolute trust and confidence in Him and in the truth of His deity], and I am persuaded [beyond any doubt] that He is able to guard that which I have entrusted to Him until that day [when I stand before Him]
So in this context seeing, knowing and believing – they all amount to the same thing.