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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Is Faith In God Blind Faith?

Matthew 17:20 (KJV) 
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Christian Faith is Based on Evidence

Is Christian faith blind faith?  I say no.  I say that Christian faith is based on evidence.  As it says in Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines evidence as
: something which shows that something else exists or is true: a visible sign of something: material that is presented to a court of law to help find the truth about something
The Christian's faith is  not a blind acceptance of opinions that can't be proven; it's not based on feeling, emotion, or a "blind leap."  Christian faith is conviction supported by evidence.     That my friend is not blind faith.   By faith we accept that the invisible things of God are behind the visible universe.  As Hebrews 11:1-3 says "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.    For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. "

 So What Is the Evidence?

The evidence that supports the Christian's faith is divine in origin. Because God is so much more trustworthy than manwe should Christian Faith Is Based on Evidenceexpect this evidence to be far superior to human testimony.  Romans 3:3-4 says " For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?   God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged."   An honest study of the evidence for God, His Son, and His Word will confirm that Christian faint is not blind faith.

The World (Nature) is Evidence

The very existence of the universe, its power, its order, and its Nature (World) is Evidence of Godcomplexity demand that an Intelligent Designer  did it and that Intelligent Designer is God.  Here is what is says in Romans 1:20
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
From nature we can only that there is a God, that He has unlimited power and intelligence, and that He possesses will.  What nature doesn't tell us however is,  what He's like?  Is He good or bad,  loving or hating,  kind or cruel.   What does He want from me?  How can I enjoy His fellowship etc, etc.?

The Word Is Evidence

To know these things, I must turn to the second piece of evidence, the Word (Bible).  Romans 10:17 says " So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."  The word  not only tells me about God, it gives evidence to demonstrate that there is a God, that the The Word (Bible) is EvidenceBible is the word of God, and that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Some of these powerful proofs are the harmony of the Scriptures, fulfilled prophecies both about ancient nations and about Christ, and the evidence Christ has been raised from, the dead.
These two realms of evidence, the world and the word, give ample reason for a firm, reasonable conviction that there is a God in heaven, that the Bible is His word, and that Jesus Christ is His Son.

Want More Evidence

For more evidence read these book by Josh McDowell, a Christian apologist, evangelist, and writer.   He the author or co-author of some 115 books.   You can find most of his books on Amazon but here are a few that you might want to check out.