In the movie, “The Santa Clause” the kid makes this statement, “Seeing is believing but believing is not seeing.” In context referring to Santa Clause, the kids step-dad has never seen, therefore does not believe. This seems like it is sound logic but not seeing something, does not make something nonexistent. For example, I have never seen the wall of China, it does not mean it doesn’t exist. In the age of technology and pictures and videos, people don’t believe anything anymore unless it is captured on camera. In Christianity, we have faith in God, in whom we have not seen but that we have evidence for. You see it is not a blind faith, it is a faith based upon evidence. Like in certain areas of the world, scientist can tell you a little bit about what has happened in the past at certain geographical locations, maybe a volcano, or a tsunami because of the evidences these disasters leave behind. We can know they occurred, without ever having to see them actually take place.
Hebrews 11:1 tells us that our faith is not a blind faith, it is not a faith based upon mere superstition and folk lore, it is a faith based upon evidence (things we can see) that proves that which we cannot see (God, like past Volcanoes).
Romans 1:20- “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”
God can be proved, He can be found, and His will can be known. When people claim that they cannot believe in God because they cannot see God, then they have to stop believing in many things, they have never seen before first hand. We have record of people who have seen God (1 Corinthians 15:1-10); you see God revealed Himself in the flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14), His name was Jesus of Nazareth, a real historical figure, who did miracles and works that only God can do (John 3:2; John 20:30-31). He claimed divinity many times (John 5:18), and His followers believed not just His words but His actions (John 10:24-39).
This is why John writes in 1 John 1-ff, that he was a first hand witness of Jesus the Christ, he heard Him, he saw Him, he has gazed upon (to deeply look at) Him, and he has touched Him with his own hands. Therefore John proclaims that message so that we may have fellowship together based upon the same evidence. A credible first hand witness is just as much proof as having a video of or a picture of something. There are many incredible things I have witnessed or experienced in my life that I have no video of or picture of, people just have to take my word for it. Many events we have in history that we have complete trust in, nobody living ever saw happen, we have no video of the events, all we have is a written first hand, sometimes only second hand account of what took place and we have faith in those events.
I am here to tell you that the evidences of God and Christ Jesus are there, we just need to start living by faith and not by sight, remember that faith is based upon reliable and tangible evidences that point directly to and explicitly to God, the creator of all things.
Faith is a process, it has an end goal in mind (1 Peter 1:3-9) and that is one day to be with God in Heaven for eternity. If you are wondering about these evidences please feel free to ask any questions, we can explore together.
There are many different websites such as http://www.apologeticspress.org and http://www.focuspress.org to help guide you, if you are more into books, a book I highly recommend is “Convicted- A Scientist Examines the Evidence for Christianity” by Brad Harrub, which can be purchased on Focus Press’ website.