By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor
Faith is a requirement if you’re going to receive something from the celebration of Easter. It’s also required to receive the blessings of a lot things in life.
Among the definitions listed for the word faith in the dictionary are:
• Confidence or trust in a person or thing.
• Belief that is not based on proof.
• Belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.
Those definitions would mean that our earliest faith would probably be in our parents. A baby left in a crib doesn’t know where mom has gone or if there is a warm bottle or a dry diaper in the next room but he learns pretty quickly if he’s uncomfortable and cries mom will be there soon to fill whatever need he has.
Our very first human reasonings then could be based on faith.
As we grow into toddlers our world still revolves around faith in adults to provide for our needs but we also become explorers of our world. We learn a lot of hard lessons through investigation. The stove is hot and will burn our hands, just like mommy said it would. Dirt is easily accessible but it tastes real bad. The cat scratches you then runs away if you pull its tail.
Mommy and daddy may have told you what happened if you did those things but you likely tried them all yourself anyway. Few of us would take on faith what we could check out on our own.
As we get a little older parents begin to teach us about faith, whether they realize it or not.
We’re told about Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny and asked to believe in things that don’t quite seem logical based on our short life experience.
We’re promised rewards in each of those cases if we just have faith in the concept.
Once we grow up we’re still relying on faith for a lot of the rewards in life. Faith in things we can’t see in action or be certain of but we trust the reward will be there.
Most employees don’t get a weekly look at the bank balance of the company they work for but they have faith that the boss is going to pay them at the end of the week or they wouldn’t show up on Monday morning.
We can’t see the chain reaction set in motion by electrons, protons and neutrons or whatever else is involved with making the light bulb in the bedroom come on when we flip the switch. If we didn’t have faith in that light bulb we probably would have just went to bed when the sun went down.
When we look out the window of an airliner we can’t see the air traveling beneath the wing of a plane and the scientific formula for the physics law in play isn’t written on the wing. Yet we have faith in that whole concept and the unseen air under the wing or we wouldn’t have gotten on that plane.
Can we believe then, that a man named Jesus died on a cross 2,000 years ago and was raised from the dead three days later?
Jesus’ disciples saw the empty tomb and some still had trouble trusting that what they saw was really the resurrection of the man they had followed. We didn’t get to personally see the evidence so it requires a lot of faith.
I never glimpsed the Easter Bunny hiding brightly colored plastic eggs in my living room but I knew from my childhood faith they would be there and the reward inside would be sweet.
There’s no doubt that a child-like faith is required to believe in the message of Easter. It’s that kind of faith that has the power to change each of us forever though.