First Steps of Faith: The First Step

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I always wondered what it was that would first cause a non-Christian to believe. Growing up under my mum, I was already influenced in believing that God does exist. I had always thought there was no one point at which faith begins. However, reading what Gan Gan wrote to a friend about her conversion, it struck me that for some, their Christian walk begins when they take that first real step of faith. It’s funny how as I walked into Bible study yesterday, they were talking about blind faith. Indeed, to a non-Christian, believing in God’s existence can seem like blind faith. Here’s what Gan Gan said to a friend:

I’m just saying that many times we have to end up having faith first, and only from there God slowly shows Himself to us and reinforces/strengthens that faith further

Gan Gan

I was talking to the Merchant the other day (a staunch non-Christian and also the friend who indirectly inspired this blog. See Introduction), and she had a lot of questions. I’ll be writing about the answers to them soon. But that aside, I don’t think coming to faith is about accumulating knowledge and weighing which you believe in more, science or religion (assuming they must be opposites). It shouldn’t be a simple piling up of arguments to find the most convincing; if it were only that, we would long have arrived at an answer. If you do find this important though, try these books: 

  • The Reason for God by Timothy Keller
  • The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel (a journalist’s own investigation of the evidence for Christ)

Each of us believes for very different reasons. I, because the possibility that God existed was just always there from young. A KI/philosopher friend (he believes in the existence of God but is not Christian), simply because infinity must exist as the opposite of what is finite. Which I think is an interesting idea, but I’ll pick up on that in another entry. Zip, because God’s calling became too hard to resist and she realised there are things beyond our control. But perhaps the shared basis is that we all consider the possibility that God does exist, and decide to take the first step. Which means first believing in your heart that God does exist.

Continuing on from yesterday’s entry, God is the best one you can turn to if you don’t want to believe all that man says or cannot understand things on your own. I could not offer you a better solution, than to ask you to seek the answers from God for yourself. Yet, how can we pray to a God we don’t even believe exists?

for he that cometh to God must believe that he is 

Hebrews 11:6

It is near impossible to pray without belief – you would feel like you’re talking to the walls. Which is why that first step of believing is so important, and it is one that has to be taken in faith. The reassurance is that:

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Hebrews 11:6

Though we cannot see it, it is God who calls us to Him. And having taken that first step of faith, God will help us to build it up:

because while we should have faith, even faith “as small as a mustard seed” (Jesus says), God builds up that faith; we can’t sustain it on our own…which is why Jesus is called the “author and perfector of our faith” [Hebrews 12:2] – it originates from him, and he gives us more to “perfect” it

Gan Gan

It is my prayer then, that if you’re still wondering and unsure, you will dare to take that first step in faith. If you earnestly seek and sincerely desire to know Him, He will most gladly show you. Be patient, and keep praying with that mustardseed of faith. I trust He will show you in good time :)

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