|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Living by faith”
Our Bible verse for today: “The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.” Proverbs 24:15 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Is it blind faith?”
According to the dictionary, the term blind faith means to have unquestioning faith in something or someone when doing so is obviously wrong and despite strong evidence to the contrary. This is what happens in cults of personality. The members give unquestioning loyalty and obedience to a leader despite numerous obvious reasons that they shouldn’t. It’s also true of groups like The Flat Earth Society. There really is a group that truly believes the earth is flat not round and they cling to that belief despite all evidence to the contrary. That’s blind faith.
So, is Christian faith blind faith? In yesterday’s devotional I made the statement that sometimes we have to have faith first and we experience second. Therefore, we have to step out in faith even if we don’t have full understanding. Is that an example of “blind” faith?
The answer, of course, is “no”. That does not constitute blind faith. On the contrary, as we have been learning all month, God has provided us with an overwhelming amount of evidence to support our call to faith. So much so that the leap of faith which is sometimes referred to really isn’t a leap at all. It’s more like a small step over a thin line. That’s why Jesus said multiple times in the Gospels that even a small amount of faith is sufficient to get us started on the path to God.
God has given us so much convincing evidence! He created us with a sense of eternity in our hearts; He revealed Himself in His creation; He gave us the miracle of the Bible; then there’s the powerful proof that comes from millions of transformed lives over thousands of years; and we haven’t even talked yet about the physical evidence proving that Jesus lived, died, and was resurrected.
Believing in God and having faith in Jesus is anything but blind faith. Quite the contrary. Prudent people do what Solomon wrote about in Proverbs 25:15, they give careful thought to the evidence and they arrive at intelligent conclusions. It’s simple-minded thoughtless people who have blind faith and are consequently easily led astray. True believers in Jesus are prudent people who gave careful thought to the evidence and came to the only conclusion that makes good sense. No, that most certainly is not “blind” faith.
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