Factual Faith - Belief Founded on Truth
In the next chapters we will explore these views in a little more detail. I will attempt to provide
more information and clarity on matters, which are often stated as facts, but for which no
evidence exists, or even where evidence to the contrary exists. The information, as it is
presented is in no way exhaustive, but serves as an introduction into the subject of faith founded
and based upon provable facts and where you, as the reader, can further explore the topics
which will be addressed.
I was born in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1973 and raised as a Christian, by Christian parents. My
parents belonged to the Dutch Reformed Church and taught my three sisters and me to the best
of their ability, with their knowledge and experience, according to Christian principles. It
involved a personal relationship with our Creator, to whom you could go at any time with
anything you had on your heart - be this in the form of a request, a discussion or giving thanks.
It also included activities such as going to church on Sundays, and being in fellowship with like-
minded people - living according to what the Bible prescribes. Studying the Bible increased our
knowledge of our Creator and the way in which he relates to us and the way in which we should
relate to him.
The church that we attended did not put so much emphasis on a personal relationship with God.
It focused more on the traditions that were carried over from previous generations. The Dutch
Reformed Church has had a very traditional past to which the more conventional members of
the congregation would cling, as if for dear life. I clearly remember church services on Sundays
during the 70's and 80's. All the women would be wearing hats, men would be dressed in suits
and ties and when the preacher prayed, men would have to stand up, while women would
remain seated. Each Sunday the congregation would, on cue, recite the creed, used in the
Dutch Reformed Church. The entire service would have a predictable sequence and although
the preacher's message changed from Sunday to Sunday, the routine of the service became
very evident, even monotonous.
The Dutch Reformed Church did not emphasise spirituality or the supernatural during the 70's
and 80's or even the 90's. Come to think of it, even today, they are still lacking the emphasis on
the spiritual aspects of life. I remember walking out of church one day when one lady said to
another: “Now we have done our duty for the week”. This opened my eyes to the fact that some
people were not there because they wanted to be there. They were there, because they
believed that if they were not there, they might have lost some points on their journey through
life. Changing any aspect of the way in which things were done in the Dutch Reformed Church,