I started watching part 2. But while I came to the conclusion from part 1 that the Bible was never the foundation of my faith, this part confronts me with the natural question which should follow: what is the foundation of my faith?
Is it the resurrection? No. I cannot say that it is. I can well understand that this may be the case for the early Christians. They saw the risen Christ. I can also well believe that their visible experience, that death was not the end, would trump the claims made by any atheists. But the disconnect I feel is when the speaker goes from this to say, therefore this should be the foundation of our faith also. I can see no logical reason why this should be so. It does not follow, that just because this was the motivation for the earliest Christians that it should be our motivation also. I doubt that this even possible. We did not see the risen Christ as they did. Seems to me that seeking after such a motivation can only lead us right back to the Bible as the foundation of our faith because that is our only vision of the risen Christ.
When I look inside myself for an answer to this question, the first thing that comes to mind is Paul’s struggle in Romans 7:15-25 and my own realization that I cannot live up to even my own standards of right and wrong. I strongly suspect that any line we draw between the two is something we have to keep moving in order to stay on one side. Sin is an experience of moral decay. But this is a motivation for understanding the problem and the need, and I think the question here is where do we find our hope.
The thought that immediately arises in my mind in response to this is Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” In other words, the foundation of our faith is hope itself. We insist on an answer to our need as we confront the problem of sin, because the alternative is unacceptable. This brings to mind God’s words in Genesis 4:7 to Cain, the point being that if really want the good then turning away from that desire is pointless and faith is the only answer. We keep trying because we believe in the good for its own sake, and measures of how we may be failing only have relevance in how they help us do better. And that brings my mind to Romans 10, where Paul says that faith doesn’t even ask the question. Ultimately, it is not about heaven or hell. Its not about success or failure. The only question of importance will always be what do we want? And if we want what is good then that is what we will seek – always.
Ah! But you may ask… why does that mean a Christian faith?
…well it doesn’t. This is just where I have taken it for my own subjective reasons, my own experience, my own thinking. For me, it has NEVER been about me having the answer that everyone else needs and should follow. I not only do I not think that way, but I see no justification for this in the Bible either. Instead what I see is that we will always be blind guides and only the living God has the answer people need. Why should the answer He has given me be the answer for everyone else, as if I could take His place now and be the savior of the world in His stead?