2/25/16 Boris early 20's
Can we decide to have faith? Doesn’t it take faith to make that decision? What came first, the chicken or the egg? At a train station today a college exchange student from France named Boris was very philosophical in his approach to religion. In the end, he calls himself an agnostic because he says he simply doesn’t have faith to believe in God or any kind of afterlife. How do we as believers explain “faith” to someone who doesn’t have it? How can he move forward without it? I explained how it works for me. I told him that faith is like going to sleep – it doesn’t happen (usually) until we pretend to do it! We lay down, close our eyes, act like we are sleeping and pretty soon we are! Much of our walk of faith with Jesus consists of taking the first steps as if we do have faith, and when we go forward in obedience we find that we really do believe, with a faith that grows stronger as we progress. The Bible says that faith comes through hearing God’s word, so I hoped to help Boran take these initial steps of obedience that build faith by going on to clearly explain the Gospel, but unfortunately it was getting late and he had a train to catch. So I gave him a gospel book to read instead. Even though he is an agnostic, I hope I helped encourage Boris enough to at least read the book, so that he might consider God’s truths and move forward by faith.