Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

John Locke lived during turbulent times. Having studied medicine, Locke brought those analytical skills to his observations of society. And his ideas helped shape English society (and helped inspire America’s Declaration of Independence).

Born in England on this day in 1632, Locke is considered the most influential philosopher of his day. Most remembered for writing his Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Locke pictured the human mind as a blank sheet. He argued that we get ideas only through our senses.

He brought that same perspective to issues of faith. He argued that, in the same way, the “Christian faith must likewise be based on experience.” We see the proof of God’s creation in the world He made. And we know that the Gospel is true because of the miracles Jesus performed. “Miracles are like the credentials of an ambassador. They are proof of his authority.”

His ideas have sparked many debates. Is the Christian life purely one of faith? What role is played by reason? By experience?

Putting this in context, the Bible stresses the importance of knowledge, but we must remember that our senses can fool us. It is the “the fear of the Lord” that is “the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7).

The Bible urges us to remember that “we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7) and that we are to live according to the truths in God’s Word. We must remember that all the things we see are temporary and passing away. But “the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

In your life, remember to keep your eyes open. To see the things that God is doing. To learn from the world around you. But always remember that everything starts with God and your relationship with Him. With your sensitivity to spiritual truth. Realizing that this is a walk of faith.