The Mechanics of Belief in God

The conversation about belief in God is not the same as arguing over the existence of Bigfoot or the Lochness monster.  Those topics might be fine for late night rap sessions, but they aren’t going to introduce any changes into your daily schedule.  The theistic worldview, on the other hand, potentially affects our daily and even hourly existence as human beings. Belief in God (if taken seriously) affects the way we treat our spouses, how we raise our kids, how we act at work, how we forgive, and how we react when we realize we’ve wronged someone else, not to mention a host of other results, both spiritual and practical.

As the title of this post indicates, there are “mechanics” involved in belief.  It is not simply a question of whether you see something in order to believe it.  That is to oversimplify the case.  Belief in God (like other important things) rests on something more than a single criteria.  In fact, grasping the existence of God involves many moving parts in a human being. 

The Bible tells us that we are a unity of parts–spirit, soul, and body (1 Thes. 5:23).  These three regions of our being, the spiritual, the psychological, and the physical, influence how we approach everything.  When it comes to evaluating truth, including the truth of God’s existence, we do it with all three of these realms at once, even if we’re not aware of it and even if we place more emphasis on one region than another.  Some may claim that their sole standard of evidence for life itself is what they can see in a lab, but they are not telling the truth.  The fact is, we live our lives in a more multifaceted way than that.  There is more to belief than the eye.  There is the mind behind the eye that processes the info, then the emotional energy that backs the mind, and then the commitment to belief once the mind and the emotion are satisfied.  Deeper still is the intuitive processes of spirit that come into play.  You simply cannot reduce our act of believing down to a Mr. Spock style of analysis.  Yes, there are mechanics involved but they are more than cold and mathematical.

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