Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Biblical faith in the "unseen" does not equal "blind" faith.


2 Corinthians 4:18 "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." (retweet)

Believing in the unseen eternal is NOT blind faith. All faith verses need to be read in that light. The "New Atheists" and Christian fideists have a very warped, unbiblical definition of faith.

Faith is about trust and loyalty.  You have faith in your spouse that s/he is faithful.  This faith is not blind, and neither is biblical faith. Everyone in the Bible who has faith in the unseen (God's unfulfilled promises about our eternal relationship with him), bases their faith on the reality that they have seen God fulfill other promises up to that point. The heroes of the faith in Hebrews 11 all based their faith on a God they saw working in their lives. 

Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." (NIV)

"...about what we do not see..." YET!

Romans 8:24 "For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?" (NIV)

So, keep in mind that when you read, "For we live by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7, NIV), you are NOT reading about blind faith! You are reading about placing your hope in the unchanging eternal (it is still in the future from your current perspective), rather than getting discouraged by the vicissitudes of the things you see now.

You may not see God working in your life...yet. But there is evidence of him everywhere, and he is drawing you to it--he's been here all along.  Check out the theistic arguments from natural theology.  Check out the evidence from history.  Don't stop with those links--they are not even the tip of the tip of the iceberg for you to explore.  

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