Blind Faith – Is Faith Blind?
What is blind faith? Is our faith in God a blind faith? Stephen March continues his series about faith, and its implications for us today.
Is Faith Blind?
Is Faith Blind? This is actually a trick a question because people can really define blind faith however they want. In my “Understanding Faith” post, I looked at Hebrews 11:1 where it says “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things unseen.” So, if we take a very narrow view of what faith is, all faith is blind. To believe in something that can be measured and displayed is not faith. If I say I can throw a ball over a house, and then you watch me throw a ball over the house, you believing that I can do it is not faith, it was observed fact.
The idea of blind faith, to many people simply means to believe something that can’t be proven. Because right now the only way to prove that heaven or hell exist is to die, by earthly standards they can’t be proven and there to have faith in their existence would be determined by some to be blind faith.
Belief Without True Understanding
A more accurate definition of blind faith, is belief without true understanding, perception or discrimination. When we look at the subject from this approach it can really change the way we think about it. Is faith in God blind? That really depends on what that faith is founded on. God has given us His word, the Bible, to show us who He is, what His nature is, His character. God wants us to read His word, then, once we have read it, we can make a logical step of faith if we believe that the Bible is true. Yes there may still be things we don’t understand, but the faith we do have at this point is based on our understanding of who God and Jesus are, the perception of how the Bible relates to the world around us, whether we feel there are reasonable grounds to find it reliable, and free from discrimination in that we can come to faith without having to exclude parts of the Bible or parts of our reality in order to make it work. That isn’t to say there won’t be things in life or in the scriptures that we don’t understand, just that there is enough for us to say we do believe God is who he says He is.
Prove God Exists
So the question then comes up, how can I prove God exists? I can’t, no more than anyone can prove the pyramids in Egypt were or were not built by an advanced alien race trying to hide their identity. I realize that sounds absurd, and may lead someone to say if I can’t prove God exists, my faith in Him must be blind. But as I’ve just mentioned, my faith is based entirely on my understanding of who God is from the available evidence in the Bible and the world I live in that I can willingly put my trust in God.
Purely on Faith
I like the way the GotQuestions website puts it. “We are expected to act in faith on God’s promises , but we do that from a position of trust based on all the knowledge we have of God. There will be times in our walk with God that we will act purely on faith because we do not have the whole picture, as in the case of Abraham. However this faith is not blind; it is based on knowledge of God’s nature and character, His promises in the Scriptures, and our personal experience walking with God every day.”
God Has Provided Full Teaching
No one, not even God is asking anyone to believe something they know nothing about just for the sake of believing. On the contrary, God has provided full teaching to us about Himself, His Son Jesus, ourselves, and most importantly His love for us and promise to provide for us, all of this is found in the Bible, and there is more about Him revealed to us when we put our trust in Jesus and experience what He does in our lives.
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Stephen March is the President of FBH International and HopeStreamRadio. He graduated from the Broadcasting Program at Niagara College in 2001, and has previously worked in television production and post-production. Stephen lives in St. Catharines, Ontario, with his wife Corinne and their four children. He serves as an elder at Scottlea Gospel Chapel.
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