The other day I overheard a conversation where somebody asked the question “If you have enough knowledge, why do you need faith?” (The better word to use here is information rather knowledge).
Well I think that this is a brilliant question because it helps people out more than we think. Today, there is so much information to choose from and so many ways to receive that information. We in our day have more access to information than anyone else who has ever lived on this planet in the past. This makes the choice an extremely important one to make in terms of the information we choose to receive. In that case, there is a certain amount of faith that we put into the choices we make when selecting the information we input into our minds.
A great example of the idea above is from a book called “The Other Side of Heaven”. The book is the story of a young man named John Groberg who served a 3 year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the island nation of Tonga. In his book, Groberg talks about how a lot of the traveling was done by means of sailing. On many occasions he ran into uncertain situations while sailing. One situation in particular Groberg was in an urgent situation where he needed to get another missionary who was ill from one island to another. In an excerpt from the book he states:
“ The weather was threatening, but we felt responsible for the Missionary’s well-being. After prayer, we left to investigate the situation. Extra heavy seas slowed our progress, and it was late afternoon before we arrived. The missionary was indeed very ill. Fervent prayer was followed by a priesthood blessing, during which the impression came very strongly to get him back to the hospital on the main island, and to do it now!…”
“No sooner had we committed ourselves to the open seas then the intensity of the storm seems to increase sevenfold. The small gale became a major storm. As the sun sank below the horizon, bringing it darkness and gloom, the spirit seems to sink into the darkness of doubt and apprehension. The thick clouds in the driving rain increase the blackness of our already dark universe. No stars. No moon. No rest. Only turmoil of sea, body, mind, and spirit. As we toiled on through that fearsome night, I found my spirit communing with the spirit of the father of afflicted child in the New Testament, as he exclaimed, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief” (Mark 9:24). And the Lord did, and He does, and He will. That I know.”Pg. 182-83, The Other Side of Heaven by John Groberg
One thing that I want to point out about that story is at that time in Tonga, they were not as fortunate as we are today with all the hospitals that we have and other health benefits. Also our safety whether on land or sea, is a lot more advanced. If that is the case, then why have faith?
The only thing that makes your Faith valuable is what it is based on. You can have Hope for anything and have it be unfruitful or have Faith in something that is fruitful but not beneficial. The only base for your Faith that you will find to be both fruitful and beneficial is in Jesus Christ. He is the only way and I testify of that to you today as I write these words. I am as sure of it as I sit here and write these things to you. The next question that I would like to pose is, “How do you have Faith?” I will share my own experience with you on this.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”Hebrews 11:1
What I can say to you Is that God lives. He is our heavenly father and wants us to become like him someday. I know this to be true. The only way that I have come to know this is through my own study, prayer and obedience to the Lords commandments. The kindling of Faith starts with hearing the testimonies of those who have Faith as well. My Parents have been vital in helping grow my Faith in Christ as well as my other Family, Friends and Teachers.
So to close, I would invite you to pray and ask our Father in Heaven what is truth. Start our by saying, “Father in Heaven… then ask him your questions, tell him your thoughts and feelings, be vulnerable with him. To close the prayer, end it with, “…in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”
I would also invite you to surround yourself with those who believe in Christ and if that is not an option watch, listen and read others testimonies. It will not only spark the fire of faith, but it will strengthen it as well.