There is a saying, “Seeing is believing.” Is it possible to believe in what you have never seen? Thomas said, “Except I see…I will not believe” (John 20:25). There is a difference in feelings, facts, and faith. A critic said, “Don’t confuse me with facts” (Duh!). Bible faith is believing whether you see it or not. Some say, “God said it and I believe it.” It is true whether you believe it or not. Christian faith is based upon trust, belief, and hope in the absolute authority of the Word of God. Opinions and theories change, but God never changes (Mal. 3:6). A professor stated, “There is nothing that is absolute.” A student asked, “Are you absolutely sure?” Scriptures are the only authority, assurance, and absolute from God.
A blind person has never seen a rainbow, but rainbows still exist. A deaf person has never heard an echo, but echoes exist. The rainbows and echoes exist. “Now faith is the substance (existence) of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). Believing faith sees evidence of God’s existence in creation. As you see a sunrise or sunset you could say, “Oops there’s more evidence of existence.” You cannot see the wind but you can see it’s evidence. You cannot see pain but you know it exists (ouch). You cannot see God but you see the effects and evidence of His creation. Thomas said, “Except I see… I will not believe.” Is it possible to love and believe in someone you have never seen?” I read the story of a young boy, recently saved, asking, “Dad, will you also be saved and go to Heaven with me.” The dad answered, “Son, I just cannot believe or love someone I have never met or seen.” The boy gave much thought, then said, “Dad, mother died giving me birth and life. You have told me much about her. Dad, I have never seen my mother, but I love her because she is my mother and she gave her life for me. Well, I am now telling you what Jesus has done for you.” The dad was touched as he bowed his head and said, “You are right son, I have never seen or met Jesus Christ, but as I see your love for your unseen mother, I now also believe and love the unseen Jesus Christ. Son, I now believe, receive and see Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour.”
Now, the rest of the story: “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29). Now the rest of the story: Peter also said, “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” (I Peter. 1:8).
I am thankful that we are included in “they” that have not seen, and yet have believed. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (I John 3:2). Rejoice! Seeing is believing. No! Believing is seeing!