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The Unseen Substance of Faith

Is this what Peter was walking on out of the boat?

The substance of the Unseen.

Hebrews 11:1–3 — Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. 

People generally seem to have a problem with faith and prayer due to their “unseen” nature. When answers to prayer are not forthcoming in a time frame we are comfortable with, we seem to need to take action. The most common—and excellent—response to that problem is the written Word because it can be seen.

Even though this is not his intent, the author of Hebrews subsequently points to the reality of the spiritual world with these verses. I am unsure if the ancient Israelites even had a word for “supernatural”. But to me, who grew up reading mostly Fantasy and Science Fiction. I understood what that meant immediately. As the years have passed, I have encountered multiple examples of Heaven supernaturally interacting with our reality. 

We are an impatient people given a finite amount of time here on Earth. Without God, we spend our lives desperately trying to control that time. And, when anything messes with it, we become undone emotionally and find ways to manipulate our circumstances to fit our goals and dreams. There is a right and a wrong way to do that. But that is not what this blog post is about. That illustrates how most of us struggle to trust God’s timing for our lives. Or, put differently, with the things of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ that require us to exercise Faith.

The above verse says that Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen. The substance of the Unseen.

Most of you are familiar with this verse, and many have probably memorized it. However, a connection occurred to me as I went to sleep, and I would like to share it with you. Please recognize that I am completely speculating here. I am raising an interesting series of questions.

What exactly IS dark matter?

Lately, I have read several articles about how astronomers have begun to discover ways of measuring the universe’s mass. Mathematically, things have not added up. They have theorized that the bulk of the universe’s mass is made up of what they call dark matter. It represents 95% of the universe’s mass-energy content. The problem is we can’t see dark matter.

You may see where I am going with all this. Dark matter is the unseen substance of our universe. It is invisible, yet holds properties similar to the physical world around us. Could our faith/expectation of God actuate this dark matter? As the “New Creation,” do we have access to the unseen properties of dark matter? Could dark matter be what Peter was walking on when he stepped out of the boat? Is science pointing to a fundamental realization of the heavenly dimension?

And, since I am not a physicist, I can’t begin to answer that question. I am sure a few of the readers would have an opinion. Please feel free to chime in.

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AuthorDerek Hastings | BCWorldview.org 


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