The Sixth Sense

17. March '11

We live in a postmodern world. Postmodernism says that objective reality is a myth. Each person defines his own reality based on his perception of his environment. Well, how do we perceive our environment? Six ways: sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste. That’s a pretty small reality. And that's only five. What is our sixth sense?

 

2 Corinthians 5:7 says, “We live by faith, not by sight.” So if faith is a sixth sense, then what is it? Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Substance? Evidence? Those sound like reality words to me. 

We hear this all the time: “Just have faith...” But faith has to have an object. You can’t have faith unless you have it in something. So when Paul says, We live by faith, not by sight, what is the object of our faith? The Bible defines for all of us an objective reality based not on our perception, but on God’s character and on His promises. So then, our sixth sense of faith is substance and evidence of God in our universe, trust in HIM and in what He says even when we can’t perceive it to be logical or true with our five senses. A sixth sense.

I often buy into postmodernistic thinking that says that my five senses are of more value than my sixth sense of faith. And so I often don’t engage it. I walk by sight and not by faith. What a tiny reality I define. How vast and overarching my reality would be if I would simply open my “eyes of faith” and utilize this sixth sense. In order to do that, I need to know the One in whom I’m placing my faith, the object of my faith. And so in a world famished for truth because postmodernism says there is none, I can feast on truth with my sixth sense by believing what it is that God says about himself and about me. And the cool thing is, what He says is incredible! In order to feast on that truth, I need to learn what that is. I need to know what the object of my faith is. And so I search out HIS truths (not mine) in His Word, the Bible. The “evidence of things not seen” the substance of the things I hope for. “And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” Romans 5:5 Try to get your mind around that one without your sixth sense of faith!

 

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