Hello everyone, this weekend was a rather rainy one here in SC. Actually this entire week has been rather rainy. But I love rainy days, so that was good with me. The rain makes the day calme, peaceful and relaxing. But enough about me and the weather lets get in to faith!
Over the years the Bible has been accused, by many people (mainly in the athiast community), of leading people into blind faith. I’m going to be blunt and straightforward, this accusation is not true. Now, I know that many people feel very differently about this than me. Some, because of personal exsperiances and others from historical study on christanity. Now I do admit that over the years Christian leaders have exsplioted peoples faith inorder to manipulat them. However I would ask that you give me a moment to denounce, what manipulative people have done in the past, by presenting what the scriptures of Christianity teach about real Christian Faith.
(Just Incase you don’t know, blind faith, is when you believe something, for which, there is no evidence or reason, supporting its truthfulness.)
Ok I want to quickly draw a distinction. Blind faith is only one kind of faith! often people who want to discretet religion, have used the word “faith”, while referring to “blind faith”. Giving the impression that “faith” is a bad thing. Like I said above, blind faith is only one aspect of faith. There are many good kinds of “faith”, that all of us want in our lives. In fact, we use those kinds all the time, we couldn’t function as a society without them. Forinstance, do you ever really understand what your doctor is telling you? Or, if the treatment he prescribes is realy the best option? I bet you do what I do, just trust what he says. When you order a coffee, do you watch the barista, to make sure they are giving you what you ordered? Or do you just say “thanks” and have faith that what they are handing you, is what they say it is? As you can see, we exercis a positive kind of faith every day. We trust the people, who we get our food from, who drive us around and who give us our jobs. I call this kind of faith, reasonable faith.
So what’s the difrence between having blind faith and reasonable faith. Well, we can think about it like this. Lets say you needed to go to the doctor. So, you do a search on the internet and find that there are two in your area (its a small town). One of them works in a well know doctors office with great reviews, the other works in his moms basement and doesn’t have any credentials. Let me ask you, which one would you say is the reasonable one to trust/ have faith in?
If you went to the person who is playing doctor in the basement, you would be trusting him blindly. Because there are no reasons to believe his claim, of being a doctor. On the other hand trusting the one who works in a doctors office, is very reasonable, and a good exercise of faith.
In every signal religious book in the world, that claims to have come from a god. At some point askes you to take some of what it is telling you, on blind faith. Exsept for Christianity! I don’t have time right now to go into the Bibles credentials, this is something I hope to do in the future. Today, in order to back my claim. I want to look at what the Bible teaches, as it relates to Faith. You see the Bible never teaches its followers to have blind faith. In fact in the Bible, God often builds trust with a person before asking them to become his follower. Take a look at some of these examples, where Biblical faith is taught. Hebrews 11:11
And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.
The context of the story is that God told Abraham, that Sarah, was going to have a child in her old age. Sarah overheard the promis and laughed, because she we very old. However you can see in the book of hebrews, that she considered God faithful, (probably based on the fact that God had done the impossible for them before). So she decided to trust him and received a son. She placed her faith in God, after considering whether or not he could deliver. All the other storys of the great men and women of faith, from Moses to Habakkuk have a similar pattern. The people don’t realy know how God will come through, but they know he will. (If you struggle trusting God, its ok, faith is something you build. Its not something you are just supposed to have. Take some time to pray about, as your relationship with God grows so will your faith.)
In the New Testament, I think the biggest example of how faith is taught, is in the recorded testimony of the resurrection. As you examine the presented testimony, what you find is that there is an impossible claim (Jesus came back from the dead). Now at this point you would expect to hear them say it was something like “a spiritual resurrection” or some cleverly worded statement, which would indicate that you didn’t need to go look at the evadence. However what you find is the apostles saying, “if you don’t believe us, go check it out for yourself”. Here is the end of Paul’s defence for his claim, that Jesus came back to life, as presented to Festus (read Acts 26:1-32 for fool defence)
“I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable. The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner.
Paul’s claim about the resurrection was so unearthly that the king said he was crazy. Its intresting to note that Paul’s rebuttal to that accusation, was not theological or philosophical. He simply pointed out that everything he had claimed, happend in fool view of Festus and all who had examined it, came to the conclusion that it was true, or that there was no reason to accuse them of deception.
So the Bible does not teach people to have blind faith. I know that many Christians operate on a more or less blind status, many have never though about what they believe, Or just believe what they are told by people who don’t know what they’re talking about. But I would encourage you to place that to the side and let the Bible speak for itself.
That’s all I wanted to say in this post, this next part is an observation that I hope you find encouraging. Its important to note that I didn’t come up with this.
In John 14:6 Jesus says.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Truth is not relative, its like a big rock. As the world changes around it, it stays the same. That’s why we build houses on rock. From my exsperiances with truth, I have found that you very rarely expect it. In our world what is truth is often stranger than fiction. Like C.S. Lewis said in Mere Christianity.
Reality, in fact, is usually something you could not have guessed. That is one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It is a religion you could not have guessed. If it offered us just the kind of universe we had always expected, I should feel we were making it up. But, in fact, it is not the sort of thing anyone would have made up. It has just that queer twist about it that real things have.
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