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Logical Gal – No such thing as blind faith!

8 Apr

How many times have you heard Christians described as un-thinking dolts who depend on ‘blind faith’ to get them through life?

Properly defining terms will release Christians from that unkind, unflattering and untrue label.

Pistis (Strong’s  # 4102) is the Greek word for trust. (often translated as ‘faith’)

So what do Christians trust or rely on for their beliefs?  They look to evidence.

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Does that surprise you?  It shouldn’t.  The Christian God provided the direct evidence of an empty tomb, ‘securely’ guarded by well-trained Roman soldiers. Paul cites eyewitness testimony from 500+ people who vouched they encountered or saw the resurrected Jesus of Nazareth. When he pens this fact, most of those people are still alive and available to counter his bold statement if in fact UN-true.

So Christians who trust God have past evidence to inform their ‘faith’.  They also have the recorded promises of a supernatural being. This God has the audacity to have put in writing for generations to see what He was predicting.  So far, many of those promises have been fulfilled.  Actual circumstances that have turned out the way God promised build confidence in His followers.

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So Christians have an evidence-based trust in God, backed up by reason.  Those who live by ‘supposed sight’ actually are the less rational.  They tend to let circumstances alter their feelings, which then rule their decisions.

So tell me, who is the one who lives blindly? ‘Thinking Christians’ is NOT an oxymoron!

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Question: What do you have faith in?  Whom or what do you trust and why?

Logical Gal says: ‘No such thing as blind faith!’

9 Dec

I often cringe when Christians are ridiculed as being un-thinking simpletons who believe in the God of the Bible and the truth of His word by ‘blind faith’.

But before reacting out of mere emotion to what amounts to inaccurate name-calling, it’s more helpful to actually examine the terms. (Duh! – first step in logic, right?)

So what is ‘faith’?  The New Testament uses the Greek word ‘pistis‘ (Strong’s # 4102).  ‘Trust’ would be a more accurate translation.  And what is it that we are called to trust? – Evidence that God presents.

This is no blind trust.  God actually raised a dead man who claimed to be the son of God from his grave (evidence  = empty tomb, guarded by top-notch Roman soldiers). Then God provided 500 or so ordinary men and women in Jerusalem who gave eye-witness testimony that described  actually seeing, touching, hearing and eating with this resurrected Jesus of Nazareth during a period of 40 days.

Besides this direct evidence, there is also the accumulation of fulfilled promises.   Many prophesies of the Bible have come to pass.  Written down declarations of what will happen in the future is pretty risky.  God really ‘put it out there’ by having the direct evidence of written scrolls.  And as year succeeds year, the accumulation of these situations having come to pass is building a trust-worthy case of circumstantial evidence.  Trusting God is no ‘leap in the dark’!

So what we have is not BLIND faith, but reasoned, evidence-based trust in God and what He says.  That’s a lot stronger and more reliable than what amounts to living by sight of circumstances. Unfortunately, because of emotion, people often make assumptions followed by decisions based only on what they see.

” Seeing is believing!”  Can you say ‘oxymoron’?

Question: Which makes a better guiding principle for life?

  • A reasoned trust in God’s promises based on evidence

or

  • A blind faith in one’s circumstances as perceived through the senses