This week I interviewed my flatmate, Aaron Hamstra, about his belief in God and what sorts of roadblocks and highlights he’s had in his faith journey. Similarly, to myself and the author of the book “Thinking,” by Andy Steiger, Aaron has a strong faith background, believing in God and trusting his works. I asked him about some parts of his faith that were easy and others that were hard. He told me, “I think that in my life, trusting that God is real is easy, but knowing why I trust He’s real is hard. I couldn’t tell you why I believe, I just do. One road block for me would be the whole science thing. The big bang, evolution and the fossil records, I don’t know where that fits into my faith.” As we discussed this we realized how hard it is to be educated, even at a bible school, to the degree where you can have a dispute over your beliefs and feel confident in why you believe in God. It’s a tough thing to realize that our faith isn’t held on by anything solid. It’s our own trust and upbringing that give’s us this faith that God is real.
In the book, Steiger talks about the Christian tradition being one that is made of knowledge and has cases built for it over years, having lines of evidence that cumulatively are pointing towards a divine creator. (38) This is something that I struggle with. I can read about evidence and philosophical ideas that point towards a creator, but I don’t know if that is something I truly put my faith in. It’s a learning point for myself I now realize. I would like to learn and trust more in what may be right in front of me, pointing towards God.
Further along in our conversation, we started talking about pitfalls in our faith. What things in life hold us back from pursuing Jesus? For Aaron he believed it would be money. He worries about not having enough money or having too much. It’s a theme that sometimes makes him worry too much. For myself, success is my biggest worry. I spend a lot of time wondering if I will ever be “successful” and build a life for myself. As we talked about these pitfalls, we realized that it is something that we can mitigate. We just need to be disciplined and continue to trust in Jesus’s moderation of these in our lives.
After my readings in the last chapter and after talking to Aaron I realize that faith is a difficult thing to argue and discuss. I am really impressed with all the arguments for believing in God in “Thinking” (38,41,49) as they really made a lot of sense to me. The fact that science started from religion really baffled me and is something that made me really question some of my thoughts of science. I learned a lot though writing this and I’m excited to see what else I learn in this course.