I am reading a series of books with my 11 year old daughter that are written by J Warner Wallace. He is a cold-case detective who uses his skills as a detective to analyze the evidence for God, the Bible, and Jesus as the risen Lord.
Here are the books that are in the series:
- Cold Case Christianity for Kids
- God’s Crime Scene for Kids
- Forensic Faith for Kids
Here is the link where you can purchase them at Amazon
Detective Wallace and his wife also have an online “Academy” for kids where they can go through these books and fill out worksheets and watch videos. At the end they get a certificate like they are a real detective. It’s pretty cool. My daughter loves it. Here is the website.
In the book Forensic Faith for Kids, the point is made about the different kinds of faith (pg. 30).
- Unreasonable faith – This is a faith in spite of the evidence
- Blind faith – This is a faith without any evidence
- Forensic faith – This is a faith because of the evidence
What kind of faith does God want us to have? A faith in spite of the evidence? No. A faith without evidence? No. How about a faith based on evidence? Yes!
Think of all the times that God tells his people to look at the evidence for His creation (Psalm 19; Romans 1:20; Acts 14:17; Isaiah 40:26). He does not want us to believe Him without any evidence, nor does He want us to believe in spite of the evidence. You may have friends or teachers that say Christianity is based on blind faith, but that just isn’t so. Jesus gave us plenty of evidence and He wants us to investigate it.
But that doesn’t mean that God answers all our questions. J Warner Wallace makes a great point where he talks about how a jury can convict a criminal based on great evidence, but there are still always unanswered questions. Having faith in God based on evidence does not mean that we will figure every question out in this life.
Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.