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Facts, Desire, and the Truth


Were we taught through life that there might be a truth in every story?

“Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must approve the homage of reason than of blindfolded fear.” /1

So… here is a thought… I think a friend of mine laid this on me a few days ago…

“A scientist brings evidence, a priest brings cool stories”.

I fear (well.. believe. I don’t actually have a fear of any thing [seriously]). /2 this is often the case. It is also the main difference between an evolutionist and a creationist: one believes because of overwhelming scientific evidence and expert consensus; and, the other believes because of a “cool story” in a holy book that they were probably taught as a child — in spite of overwhelming scientific evidence and expert consensus.

Just for perspective, consider my prior Blog post How Long Is Seven Days.

All the evidence in the world could be against creationism (and, it is), and yet many would still believe.

However, paradoxically, you are not doing science when you refuse to seriously consider the other side’s evidence. After all, if we understand there is a God, he can work outside of time and space – right? And, you are not doing science when nothing could possibly convince you that you are wrong. You are doing religion.

And that is why creationism is religion, not science.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

1/ Thomas Jefferson as quoted in Jennifer Hecht, Doubt: A History, p. 360).
2/ Believe me… I have faced more awful shit in my life and remain standing than most men could ever hope to endure.




So… This Blog is not, generally, dedicated to any faith.

But, it is dedicated to what I think and care about. At the moment, I am caught up in why people have faith.

To wit…

Is it weakness or folly to believe without evidence? Or is it weakness or folly to require evidence to believe?

Must one have physical proof in order to believe something, or does that illustrate a crippled faith?

Certainly the carnal man prefers evidence, as solid and irrefutable as we can get, for our minds seek naturally for such proof. To proceed without proof, or evidence, is risky. As such, throughout biblical history we find such sign seekers… those unwilling to believe without some sort of evidence or sign.

But of these sign seekers we read…

“And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, this is an evil generation: they seek a sign” (Luke 11:29).

And in Mark we find that when the Pharisees came questioning Jesus, they sought from him a sign from heaven, and Jesus:

“sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, why doth this generation seek after a sign?” (Mark 8:11-12).

So should we seek for evidence? In Hebrews 11 (the great dissertation on faith by Paul), we find that faith IS evidence:

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1).

Clearly, we need not see to believe.

Verse 7:

“By faith Noah, being bwarned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house;”

Did Noah require evidence before building the ark?

When God told him that it would rain for 40 days and 40 nights, did he say “prove it”? He didn’t need to, for his faith was sufficient for action.

Verse 8:

“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.”

Did Abraham require proof, or evidence before he acted? Or was his faith sufficient?

What about Sarah in v.10, did she require evidence to have a child? Or in v. 17, when Abraham was told to sacrifice his very son, did he require evidence that this was necessary, or did he move on faith alone? In v. 29 when Moses approached the Red Sea, did he need evidence that he could part the sea or did he simply believe?

Were these people weak for not requiring evidence, or strong for not needing it?

In life we progress line upon line, precept upon precept. While the need for evidence might be a suitable start, there needs to come a time in our spiritual progression where we graduate from the requirement of such a crutch, where our faith becomes like that of Moses, Abraham, and Noah, enabling us to act based on nothing more than faith alone. Enabling us to act based on a witness from the spirit, and not some physical manifestation that our path is sure.

But even those who have asked such questions are coming close without knowing it.

For as the Lord said to Thomas, who doubted his resurrection “Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou has believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” (John 20:29).

Here the Lord not only confirms that more blessed are they for whom faith is sufficient, but that they themselves, having not seen Jesus, yet who believe in him, have shown themselves capable of belief without proof.

While God may find it within His wisdom to provide evidence where he may, far be it from me to require it of him.


“True faith does not require evidence. And while the wisdom of the world might find this imprudent, or call it weak, the wisdom of the world is not what I seek, but the strength of the faith of Noah, Moses, Abraham, and of all the great prophets, for God hath made foolish the wisdom of the world (1 Cor. 1:20)”.

This was a lot of work. And, I still don’t know why I believe there is one God, although I see that He is greatly evident. Its simply a matter of fact with me. NOTE: The Christ element remains a burden on my heart.

But all men know where they stand with me.  And, they  know my heart.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


Faith + Evidence = Integrity


Truth and knowledge must begin with questions. Lack of qualified discernment creates hypocrisy and ignorance.

So… What is faith?

Perhaps it is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen /1.

What about evidence? Does faith require proof for an ultimate truth?

It occurs to me that asking the hard questions takes more courage than yielding to the common belief. I am more comfortable when faith meets truth. And, it is the search for this credibility factor that generates my own sense of integrity.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

1/ Websters says this is an option…

belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion: the firm faith of the Pilgrims; a system of religious belief: the Christian faith; the Jewish faith; and, Christian Theology. the trust in God and in His promises as made through Christ and the Scriptures by which humans are justified or saved.

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