Q. In an older post about the rapture you stated, “Only the Church is asked to believe solely by faith,” whereas OT believers and believers after the Rapture have had or will have evidence upon which to base their belief. All belief is a product of faith and many in the church have been the recipient or witness of miracles, had visions, or have had other evidence which brought them to faith. Would you care to comment on this?
A. Speaking to Thomas in John 20:29 Jesus said, “Because you have seen me you have believed, blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
He was speaking of the Church, the overwhelming majority of whom have believed solely by faith. In several places Paul also spoke of a righteousness based on faith (Romans 3:22, Romans 4:5, Romans 5:1) and said we walk by faith not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7).
Contrast that with life in the Old Testament where God actually dwelt among His people, defeated enemies on their behalf and gave regular signs of His presence.
For example, did you know that no matter how hard the wind was blowing or from what direction, the smoke from the offerings in the temple always went straight up to Heaven? And how about the red sash on the door of the temple that turned white when the scape goat died signifying that God had accepted its atonement for their sins on Yom Kippur?
Things like this don’t happen during the Church Age. We believe by faith, not because of evidence we’ve seen, and that’s why as a group we’re blessed above all others.