There is an obvious difference in what is visible vs what is invisible. However, both can cause a distinct reaction.
Isn’t our reaction different when we read a story vs watching a movie? They both tell a story, yet our reaction differs. The stories we read or hear trigger our imagination. The movies and images we see trigger more of our emotions.
What we hear activates our faith. What you hear allows you to believe what you will. Our imaginations all paint a different picture even if we hear the exact same story. When we see the exact same image our emotions are much more similar.
The bible teaches us that faith comes from hearing and hearing the Word of God. For ages the word has been preached while we have been given a choice to listen and believe. Movies have been filmed to portray this message. Some tend to believe by seeing, but then later their faith fades.
Passion of the Christ was released in 2004. In dramatic fashion people flooded the theaters and their eyes filled with tears as the crucifixion took place. The emotions ran high as they visualized a much more dramatic scene than what they envisioned by just hearing the story.
Wether it was read, listened to or viewed does not change the narrative. The only thing that changes is our reaction.
“Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”John 20:25
Currently we are distanced from the “normal” church settings. Does this change the way we believe or worship? Do you feel more connected to God now or at the physical location?
If Jesus walked into the church or walks into your living room while you stream on-line service, what would your reaction be? Would your reaction be different being at church rather than watching the on-line stream?
Why would our reaction be any different if Jesus made himself present in person or by making his presence felt in spirit? What we see is convincing of what is undoubtedly true. What we hear is perceived as arguable.
If we hear and believe by faith, then our reaction should not be any different wether we see God or just hear of who he is.
“Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”John 20:29