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The Substance of Things Seen: Art, Faith,

Hebrews 11:1 answers and clarifies this misunderstanding. The verse: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”The context question deals with the existence of the universe, for verse 3 says, “through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”

As all speak and as all listen in a dignified and orderly way, all are edified. The individual and collective exercise of faith in the Savior invites instruction and strength from the Spirit of the Lord.Photograph by Craig Dimond, posed by models

AD 5. To the fifth objection one should reply that since the good that inclines us toward faith exceeds reason, it does not have a name. And so by a sort of circumlocution one substitutes &aposthings to be hoped for&apos for [this good]. This frequently happens in definitions.

Biblical faith comes from careful observation and the weighing of all available evidence. For example, the atheistic, evolutionary “explanations” for the origins of the universe don’t even qualify as bad science. They are more akin to science fiction. There are only two explanations for the existence of the universe that don’t include a divine creator:

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