Acknowledging Causality is the Beginning of Faith & Wisdom

Working backwards through the statement above, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” according to Psalm 111:10a.

Romans 1:20 is familiar to most of us: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”

But verse 21 is even more interesting: “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”

So, the “fear of the Lord” seems to be closely connected to one’s willingness to acknowledge and give thanks to God.

Hebrews 11:1a is familiar is familiar to most of us: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

But verse 2 is even more interesting: “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”

In other words, faith is the acknowledgement, recognition, and understanding that “if something exists, something eternal exists”. The first example of faith amounts to the Causal argument for the Existence of God!

If faith is the first step toward the “fear of the Lord” (willingness to acknowledge and give thanks to God), and the first example of faith is the Causal argument for God, then acknowledging Causality is surely an important aspect of the beginning of faith and wisdom.

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