The Uncertainty of Faith

This post was adapted and condensed from a post on my orignal blog SonBurn. Some of you may have read the longer version of it. This post will have some scientific concepts in it, but please keep reading until the end — I think you’ll like it.

I realize physics is probably not discussed much around your dinner table, but a theory called the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle has some interesting concepts worth taking a hard look at. Without going into technical detail, the physicist Werner Heisenberg theorized the position of an atom could never really be determined. This idea has nothing to do with the limits of technology. Instead, it has everything to do with the characteristics of an atom.

What Heisenberg theorized was that in order to “see” an atom, light would have to be reflected off of it. But the very light used to see the atom is enough to push it out of the way and out of the line of sight. Therefore, no one will ever truly know the exact position of, or rather ever see, an atom.

Let’s think about this for moment. The atom is the foundation for all science. It is the atom that is the heartbeat of chemistry, physics, biology, and material science. Certain groups of atoms can generate electricity, induce magnetism, produce photosynthesis in plants, provide massive amounts of energy for homes and industry, treat illness and disease, or destroy whole cities in an instant.

Yet for all the atom’s importance to science, no scientist will ever lay eyes on one. Sure they can determine an atom’s mass, measure its effects upon other objects, predict its behavior, and understand its characteristics. But not one scientist will ever behold an atom. So in order for scientists to truly believe in their atom they must have one thing — faith. They must have faith their calculations, experiments, and models are correct. They must have faith to transform the empirical data they possess in their minds into a belief they hold in their hearts. They must have faith the atom actually exists at all.

Do you notice any parallels with Christianity? Certainly God is the central figure of our Christianity. And to be sure, none of us will ever see God in our lifetime. This is cause enough for many to say we should give up our belief in him. But to do this would fly in the face of everything we know to be true.

Perhaps we can’t see him. But we can measure the effect his love has upon our lives. We can observe the change he produces in others. We can understand more and more of his character as we grow closer to him. Through the study of his word, we can predict his actions and reactions. Best of all, we can always feel him by our side when we need him most. Everything we know and understand about God is a result of our observation and study of his ways.

Not unlike scientists with atoms, we don’t have to see God in order to know he is real. There is too much evidence in our hearts for this not to be true. This is our faith.

Live The Mission,


P.S. – If you’d like to read the entire piece I wrote, you can find it in my original blog SonBurn by clicking HERE.