Is Faith Blind?
by Chuck Edwards
Maybe you’ve heard the comment before, “You Christians just accept everything on “faith”!”
Did you notice there is a hidden assumption in that statement? When someone challenges your belief in God in this way, the first thing you should do is to ask the question: “What do you mean by ‘faith’?” You may be surprised by the reply.
Examples of Blind Faith
Many people today assume that believing in God is what might be defined as “blind faith.” This is the idea that belief is based on… well, just one’s personal belief. In other words, there is no evidence or logical reason to believe, faith is simply a subjective feeling or emotional response to the idea that God exists.
The latest salvo of atheist attacks on Christianity over the last four or five years assumes this definition of faith. Richard Dawkins, for instance, wrote, “Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.” More recently, Dawkins declared that “Faith is an evil precisely because it requires no justification and brooks no argument.” Journalist and author of god is not Great, Christopher Hitchens, has written, “Faith is the surrender of the mind; it’s the surrender of reason, it’s the surrender of the only thing that makes us different from other mammals.”
The idea that faith is “blind” is found throughout our culture, especially in popular movies. For example, in the film, Indiana Jones: Search for the Holy Grail, Indiana, played by Harrison Ford, must retrieve the cup of Christ to save the life of his father (Sean Connery). He makes it through a long corridor of deadly obstacles only to find himself standing at the edge of a deep chasm. He hesitates, but finally takes a “step of faith” and finds, to his surprise, he is actually walking on a camouflaged footbridge. This scene illustrates the popular notion that “faith” means believing something that you can’t see. It was only after Indy “blindly” stepped out that he felt and saw the solid bridge leading across the chasm.
Is faith blind, is it simply an excuse to evade the need to think, and the surrender of common sense? A biblical worldview analysis answers that question by going back to the source, the Bible…
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