We live in a world of illusion, fake facts, and special effects. It’s difficult to know what to trust, what is true, and what is real. We hesitate to trust because we don’t want to be made a fool. And still, we believe in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus’ disciples believed because they had seen Him. They saw His miracles and many others about which we have no knowledge. They based their beliefs on what they saw.
We haven’t seen Jesus. We haven’t seen the miracles in the Bible. Our belief is based on what others saw. Jesus said to His disciples, “… You believe because you have seen me. But blessed are those who haven’t seen me and believe anyway.” (John 20:29)
When we believe, we are blessed. Our belief requires a leap of faith that the original disciples did not need to make. We must not only trust that Jesus is the Son of God without seeing Him, we must also trust what others witnessed and recorded about Him. And yet we do.
We do because God loves us and sends the Holy Spirit to us, so we might believe. A spiritual verifier-of-facts, the Holy Spirit confirms the truth of our hearts. Jesus said to His disciples, “But I will send you the Comforter – the Holy Spirit, the source of all truth. He will come to you from the Father and will tell you all about me.” (John 15:26)
We believe in Jesus because God wants us to believe in Him. Jesus stated, “And when he (the Holy Spirit) has come he will convince the world of its sin, and of the availability of God’s goodness, and of deliverance from Judgment. The world’s sin is unbelief in me…”. (John 16:8-9)
In our world of illusion, fake facts, and special effects, God does not abandon us. He facilities our faith. God blesses us with a heart that can recognize the truth, ruled by the Holy Spirit — a truth that some people call “conscience”.
A person who silences their heart, silences the truth.
A person who silences the truth is a fool before God.