11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”
There has been much debate over many years about the conflict between science and the Bible. Some have walked away from God because they did not grasp the truth of this verse “By faith we understand”. It is an interesting phrase and it is pivotal to the life of the Christian. This is not to say that experience, experiment and research do not bring realms to our understanding but for the Christian our worldview starts with the concept of God, not the concept of science. When we first apprehend God and allow God to be the foundation of the way we approach life then understanding for the Christian begins. If we regulate God to the practice of religion, not to all elements of life, then we develop a dichotomy, a dualism in life, which ends up meaning that we do not allow God to influence our whole being and universe. But if we understand by faith – that is allow Christ to be the core of our thinking.
When Christians confess Hebrews 11:3 they are confessing Christ and that through faith we understand – we allow Christ to form and transform our thinking. I love that in knowing that God has created all things, that is if we follow the path of faith, we will find that science confirms our faith.
Father, may we first and foremost be people of faith and through faith in Jesus apprehend the marvels of Your creation!
Written by Ps. Richard Botta