The very existence of what is commonly called the “veil” seems to tell us at least two things about what God intended real faith to be: First, that he wanted faith to be a choice; for if God were to give us obvious and indisputable proof of his existence and doings, we would not need to choose to believe in him any more than we choose to believe the existence of the sun. And second, that he wanted the choice to believe in him to be a difficult choice, not an easy one. Believing in something we can see, hear, or touch is easy. By concealing himself and his doings, God had demonstrated he wants faith development to be a soul-searching, heart-wrenching, and mind-bending experience.
This genuine brand of Faith, a faith that must be chosen, a difficult faith, would not be possible were it not for the existence of its counterpart: Doubt. This is certainly not a new concept, but judging from the nature of the comments one often hears in our discussions and debates, one wonders how deeply it has penetrated our hearts and minds.
Do we fully recognize that if God did not allow reasons for serious doubt to exist, that there would be nothing for faith to “leap” over? Do we realize that when we demand and expect undoubtable proof of the authenticity of scripture, of prophets, of his very existence, that such proof would not increase our faith, but to the contrary, would destroy the very need for faith to exist? Do we understand that if faith were to disappear, so too would faith’s companions of choice and struggle? And do we understand that if there is no choice and no struggle, that there is no growth and no development?
What a shame it is, then, when we decide to lose or deny our faith when God or the Church fail to show us the undoubtable proof that would, if produced, kill the very need for our faith to exist. And how tragic for us to fail to realize that the very thing we thinkers demand of God and the Church, and that we fault them for not providing, is the very thing that would cause us to not have to think for ourselves at all.