I will try. I should reiterate that I am a Christian, by that I mean that I follow Christ and have faith in Him. I have given my life in sacrificial service to Him (Gal 2:20, Rom 12:1-2, Matt 10:38-39). I believe that the bible is inerrant in truth (not inerrant in fact) and that it is the living word of God that provides guidance and direction to individual believers to find faith in Jesus that brings forth life. I believe that the bible requires faith to reveal its truth, and that revelation comes from God through prayer communicated through the Holy Spirit. I affirm the Nicene Creed and the Lausanne Covenant to the extent that I understand them. I say all that because I do not follow a denomination, I have not defined myself in any other way (YEC, OEC, Lutheran, Methodist, etc…). I am simply a follower of Christ seeking truth and salvation.
Hebrews 11:1-6 answers your question better than I could. I would add that God exists beyond any human capacity to understand Him, so without faith it is impossible to know Him at all. The discoveries that have been occurring with the g-2 muon (I am not a scientist, but I get it theoretically) lately are a good example of man’s limitations. We are finding that for years, our “standard model” has been inaccurate. Once we redefine the standard, in a thousand years, it will be different. Take that out to eternity and we will never discover the fullness of God’s creation because He exists beyond our existence and the “science” of God’s laws for creation are beyond space and time. Does that mean I think we should stop seeking knowledge and scientific pursuits, no.
So then, all we are left with is faith. Truth requires faith and is personal. Humans get caught up in arguments because my truth is different than your truth, so I must press my truth upon you…but that in itself is not the truth. God speaks to all of us in His own way, He has made us all different for His purpose.
I don’t approach faith in terms of forced ignorance. I see it rather the opposite. The bible tells us in a number of ways that we are to seek Him. A quick search yielded 350 mentions of the word seek…Personally, I am coming to the realization that the seeking is what is important, not the finding or proof. The point at which I feel I am done seeking is the point at which I start falling back into my old ways and relying on my own understanding…which inevitably leads to destruction. Scientists run into the issue of needing evidence and a way to verify and substantiate hypothesis, which is impossible with God. My personal proof is that without seeking God, I was miserable and lost in a world that is inherently evil, lacking self-control and wallowing in darkness. When I seek God in faith, I am able to navigate that evil world with strength and hope. I find peace and joy when I walk in light and in truth.
I also agree with you that many “Christians” make some pretty silly comments, many people claim to be Christian because it is the social norm, not because they follow Christ. I am in bible college and even here it is obvious that many want to believe, but really don’t. I am not the judge, just saying that I agree with you that the falseness gets old.