Believing Is Seeing

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The Gospel of John chapter 9 tells the story of a blind man receiving his sight from Jesus. At the end of the story. Jesus asks him if he believes in the Son of Man. “Who is he?,” he asked. “The man who is speaking with you,” Jesus answered. And the man said, “I believe.”

Seeing is believing.

The implication of this statement is that seeing, the physical aspect, becomes the ground for the faith that we hold. For example, I believe I have a cup of coffee because I can see it, I can touch it, and I can taste it.

However, believing is seeing too.

Sometimes, our faith can become the ground for the fact that we hold. I have faith that if I jump out from a 10-story building, I will die. I don’t have to “see” it or “experience” it to believe it. My faith is the basis for that reality.

Your faith influences the way you interpret reality.

When some people see a miracle, they interpret it as a sign from God. But there are others who interpret it as just a coincidence. They both saw the same thing but interpreted it differently. Reality remains the same. But faith changes their interpretations of the reality.

How’s this idea helpful?

If believing is also seeing, then it can help us change the attitude toward things we can’t change. We may not be able to change the reality. But if believing is seeing, then by changing the way we believe, we can interpret the same situation differently.

For example, the pandemic is the reality we just can’t change at the moment. Some may find nothing good in this situation. But, others may interpret this differently. They may see some silver lining. Some even see some benefits of the situation for the long haul.

When we understand that believing is also seeing, it can empower us to be hopeful and endure any situation. Remember. Believing is seeing.

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