Faith is anything but Blind
That phrase has always irritated me. Some people used to use it as some kind of a back handed compliment. Now it’s the end all be all for a discussion with someone who doesn’t believe in God. In a world that is consumed by doubt yet obsessed with lies at the same time, this paradox causes a problem for Christians wanting to share their faith.
On one hand you are having to fight an uphill battle to counter the thoughts that Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code has put in to so many people’s heads as gospel truth. I had a discussion with someone this week who was so totally sure that the Bible had changed over the years….because it just had to have been. After all that’s the statement that really started my fervor for apologetics.
Welcome to the Grand Illusion
The atheist acts as if we are all deluded magic fans. That we watch the stories in scripture unfold and somewhere deep down we don’t believe it. We know we don’t believe it, but we suspend that disbelief just to enjoy the show. Quite the opposite we enjoy the mystery that God is revealing to us because deep down we know that God has revealed Himself through creation. We know this deep down and repress that when we disbelieve.
The problem is, the atheist and the non-Christian no what they believe and why they believe it. That’s the reason that are conversations so often descend to the final answer of, “Well you just have to have faith!”
That one response is more damaging than it seems.
We know the merits of faith and how important it is to have faith. After all you are saved by grace through FAITH. Faith is important. Look throughout scripture at how many times the word faith is used. But make no mistake, the kind of faith that is talked about it reasonable and rational faith. God’s not asking you to believe that the world is flat. God is not asking you to buy in to something that is completely insane or ludicrous. The world will tell you that you are crazy for believing in a resurrected savior.
The reason that they make this claim that you are crazy is because we don’t know how to answer the questions that can be answered.
Starting with the NT I’m going to break down the question, “hasn’t the Bible changed over the years?” that has shaken so many people without need. I’m going to show you that we don’t have “blind faith”, but that are faith in Christ is rational, reasonable, and absolutely necessary.