October 23, 2016
Scripture: Hebrews 11:1-16
We are told to be ready to give an answer as to why we believe in God. Faith flies in the face of proof; it believes without empirical proof.
John Herschel: Father, do you believe in ghosts?
William Herschel: Why, yes, my son.
John Herschel: You do? I would not have thought so.
William Herschel: Oh, no, not in the human kind of ghost. No, not at all. But look up, my boy, and see a sky full of them!
John Herschel: The stars, father? I do not follow.
William Herschel: Every star is a sun as big, as bright as our own. Just imagine how far away from us you’d have to move the Sun to make it appear as small and faint as a star. The light from the stars travels very fast, faster than anything, but not infinitely fast. It takes time for their light to reach us. For the nearest ones, it takes years. For others, centuries. Some stars are so far away, it takes eons for their light to get to Earth. By the time the light from some stars gets here, they are already dead. For those stars, we see only their ghosts. We see their light, but their bodies perished long, long ago. (“Cosmos: A Space Odyssey”, Episode: “A Sky Full of Ghosts”)
Just as the stars we see are the “ghosts” of lights and planets long since gone, so the Holy Spirit is the remnant of God that remains behind with man and guides us in our understanding of God.
Our faith has “ghosts” who have lingered, giants of our faith who moved, acted, and lived by faith in God, belief that He would accomplish what He has promised even if we do not live to see it.
We can see the evidence and the effect of God’s existence in the world around us.
The proof or refutation of our faith is borne out in what we do, the effect that we have.