“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
There’s an atheist on my “Playground Player Chess Forum” who persistently refuses to answer the question, “So what do you believe in?” Why does he always duck the question? Search me.
“I believe in science” is a faith statement. Science provides the speaker with evidence for things he hasn’t seen for himself and probably can never see: things like the Big Bang, evolution, the structure of atoms, etc. These haven’t been directly observed by the scientists who write and lecture about them, either. They have faith in their computer models, mathematical calculations, experiments, and whatnot.
The point is, we all believe in things we cannot see. Christians believe in God because faith is the gift of God. We also approach Him indirectly by our experience of His creation all around us and by the testimony of the scriptures, which we believe to be God’s word.
A position of 100% pure skepticism is just impossible. We know our eyes can play tricks on us; we know our reason might come to wrong conclusions; we know the information that we have to work with is always, to some degree, incomplete or faulty.
Without faith we cannot “know” anything. So it becomes a matter of where you put your faith.
“I believe it because… I saw it on TV/ read it in The New York Times/ the president said so/ everybody says so/ I found it on the Internet…” All of these are faith statements. All seek to provide evidence for things we haven’t seen. Faith in Darwinism even provides a “substance of things hoped for”: they hope there is no God, so they can do what they do without fear of judgment.
To what dock do you moor your faith? On what ground do you make your stand?