Does Religion Require Blind faith?
April 2, 2008 34 Comments
In the comment to a previous post (entitled: Is it “child abuse” for parents to teach their faith to their children?) a comment was made that is worthy of its own post.
All religion is based on blind faith, that is belief without evidence.
Let me say that I do not agree with his assessment. This type of broad based attack can’t be allowed to go unchallenged. Undoubtedly, there are some religions that might teach blind faith. I am sure that there are some Christians who are proponents and practitioners of blind faith. The real question is, though, is Christianity based on blind faith? I intend to limit my comments to Christianity.
Faith is defined as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” in Hebrews 11:1. It is a major theme of the whole Bible but nowhere in the Bible are we told to have blind faith. We are told that faith is a gift from God. Ephesians 2:8-9 says “(8) For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, (9) not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” We are told that without faith it is impossible to please God. Hebrews 11:6 says “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” We are told that faith must be accompanied by works. James 2:17-18 says “(17) So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. (18) But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” And we are told much, much, much more about faith.
Rodibidably defines faith as “belief without evidence”. This is not a biblical definition of faith. Nowhere that I know of in the Bible is faith defined or portrayed in this way. If I am wrong, I ask for someone to please correct me on this point. The Bible tells us that the evidence for our faith is all around us and that we have no excuse before God for not acknowledging it. Romans 1:18-21 says “(18) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. (19) For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. (20) For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (21) For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Let me reiterate that…..we are without excuse because the evidence for God is all around us.
How can our faith be a blind faith if the evidence is all around us? There are only two possibilities. If we truly have a blind faith then our faith is false or it is in a false god. Can you think of any other possibilities? So the next time you here someone talking about blind faith you can be sure that they don’t understand the nature of true faith or that they are not Christians. Maybe both.