Blind Faith?

Faith is an essential part of everyday life

There will always be things we don’t understand about our Christian faith.  Apologetics provides a rational foundation for faith – but it never replaces the need for faith.  Apologetics enables us to have confidence in the truth of the Bible.

Everyday life requires faith.  When you walk over a pedestrian crossing on a busy street, you have faith that the cars will stop for you.  You can’t guarantee or prove that they’ll stop – you step out in faith and take a risk.

This is not blind faith, because you know from experience – and watching others – that the vehicles usually stop for pedestrians at a crossing.  However, there’s no guarantee that they’ll stop – and sometimes they don’t.

The stakes are high – you could be seriously injured or killed.  You can’t be completely sure that you’re safe.  There’s a small risk of an accident, but you exercise your will and decide to step out in faith – intelligent faith.

Exercising intelligent faith is an act of the will.

Faith is an essential part of the Christian life

As Christian believers we should know why we have faith in Jesus, and we must want to have faith in Jesus.  Understanding and the will are still essential.

The Christian life requires faith.  When we trust in Jesus for our eternal salvation – and then in our daily living as Christians – we can’t guarantee or prove completely that the Christian gospel is true.  We decide to step out and take a risk.

Without faith it is impossible to please God … Hebrews 11:6

“According to your faith let it be to you.”  Jesus, Matthew 9:29

The Bible teaches that we’re made righteous (good and acceptable) in God’s eyes when we put our faith in Jesus Christ:

… not having my own righteousness, which is from the law (that’s doing good things), but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith,  Philippians 4:9

This is not blind faith, because we’ve found from observation and experience that there are many reasons to believe that the Bible is true.  Also, we know that following Jesus has changed many people’s lives and made them happier and better people.

Yes, the stakes are high – our Christian faith will change much of our life both now and in the future.  There’s a small risk, but we exercise our will and decide to step out in faith – intelligent faith.

Exercising intelligent faith in Christ is an act of the will.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time. – Oswald Chambers

Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul; man cannot live in health without them. – Mahalia Jackson

Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want.  It is the belief that God will do what is right. – Max Lucado

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. – Augustine

Faith in Christ is a truly wonderful thing – it replaces the soul’s emptiness with a richness and fulness that can be found no other way.

Lindsay Smith, April 2020