You Don’t Need to See to Believe: Understanding Faith in God


Have you ever seen the wind? Can you touch and hold it in your hands? Even though you can’t physically see it, you wouldn’t argue against its existence. You certainly can see the results of it when the wind takes down trees or blows over semi-trucks pulling tractor-trailers.

How about earthquakes? We can’t see them – but we can certainly feel and see their effects.

How about the wireless signal coming into your cell phone or powering your Internet right now? You can’t see it, but you know it’s there, and it’s working, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this right now. The list goes on and on. Electricity, for example. You get the idea.

We can’t see so many things in our daily lives, but we don’t doubt for a moment that they are there and exist. Yet, when it comes to religion, so many people don’t seem to want to believe in God because He can’t be seen.

Faith in God: You don’t need to see to believe

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

– 2 Corinthians 5:7

The example of the wind above is an apt analogy of faith and the belief in God. We can’t see God, but we can find the example of His presence around us. We can also see the effects of faith, as well as the lack of it.

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

– 1 Corinthians 13:12

The point that the apostle Paul in the verse above is making is that no human eye can see God. It’s more like looking at an image as if it were seen behind the mirror or looking through a dark glass.

God spoke to Moses “by means of riddles” (Numbers 12:8). It’s hard for mortals to even put into human words the things that God has communicated to the prophets, who used metaphors and visual imagery to offer descriptions. This is all because God resides in a different plane of existence.

The proof is there for those who look for evidence

Again, you don’t have to see to believe or find evidence of God. The proof is there for those who look – through the evidence of God that is all around us.

First, there is creation, to which evolution cannot provide concrete or all the answers. Why have we found such a vast universe full of uninhabited planets where we happen to live on what seems to be the rarest of the rare where life exists?

Secondly, we can find proof of God by observing what has been revealed by the Old Testament prophets and has come to pass. These events can be verified in history outside of the Bible. These prophecies were not obscure and vague like those offered by Nostradamus.

The Bible prophecies that have come true were highly detailed and specific. All one has to do is take the time to do the research – the answers are there.

These prophecies also came true at astronomical odds where the numbers are nearly unfathomable.

Seeing the effects of faith

One place to see the effects of faith is by the numerous examples of people around us whose lives have been transformed by Jesus Christ. Many of these people were in bad places in their life either emotionally, mentally, physically, or with the criminal justice system.

But when they made the choice to become “born again” and live their lives for Christ – amazing, if not miraculous, transformations took place.

The Bible is full of stories of people who were anything but perfect, whose lives were transformed by putting their faith in God.

To name a few, there was: Moses, Jacob, David, Elijah, Jonah, Samson, Gideon and Saul/Paul.

They certainly had their missteps and sins, yet through faith – became heroes of advancing the gospel, as well as helping to lift up others.