Genuine faith is never blind

Unknown-3I grew up believing that reason can only take you so far–after that, faith takes over. In one sense this belief is true: Intellectual faith/belief, if it isn’t blind, comes ‘after’ good evidence. However, in the sense that faith persists independent of reason or even in spite of evidence to the contrary (the sense preferred by New Atheists) this belief is false.

One cannot trust God and his promises unless one already knows (with good evidence) God and his promises exist–and simply knowing does not equate to trusting. Compare this to having faith in the faithfulness of one’s spouse. Whether or not they exist or have made promises of faithfulness is not a matter of faith. Trusting them and their promises is where faith comes in.

Some doubt, like Thomas did, even though he was daily in the presence of the miraculous before Jesus was crucified. Some all out reject Jesus and everything (they think) he is about, as did most of the Pharisees in Jesus’ day, who would rather claim his signs were demonic than change their worldview. So even in the presence of overwhelming evidence, faith can be lacking. Genuine, biblical faith is more than just knowing, it is more than mere intellectual assent. It is trust, and is never blind.

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About Maryann

Maryann Spikes is the past President of the Christian Apologetics Alliance. She blogs at Ichthus77, and loves apologetics and philosophy. In particular she loves to study all things Euthyphro Dilemma and Golden Rule. A para-educator (autism) for five years, she holds a Certificate in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, an AA in Humanities via Modesto Junior College, and moonlights as a freelancer. You can follow her on Twitter @Ichthus77, connect with the Ichthus77 community on Facebook, or look her up on Google+.
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3 Responses to Genuine faith is never blind

  1. Maryann says:

    If you reply to me in a civil manner (or not at all) I'll leave that there. Some questions:

    1. Have you ever had to pay for anything–earn your keep?

    2. Have you ever wronged anyone without any consequences in your heart and in your relationship with them?

    3. Have you ever given up something for someone else, or had someone give up something for you?

    4. Have you ever forgiven anyone for anything? Did it not feel like a sacrifice?

    5. How do you feel about people who die or put their lives on the line for good reasons…freedom, truth, love, et cetera?

    Thanks for stopping by, TbF.

  2. Jenny says:

    Then how do you explain Jesus' response to Thomas' words and actions?

  3. Maryann says:

    Hi Jenny :) Jesus wanted Thomas to believe what Jesus said would happen before he acrually saw it happened, based on the evidence Jesus had already displayed that Thomas could trust him. The most blessed (happy) relationships are built on trust (faith).

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