While I understand that many may believe that the God of the bible expects blind faith, I wonder where this comes from? I can not seem to find this teaching, this command anywhere in the Bible.
I recently saw a video by Aron Ra, “Faith is not a Virtue“, and he will contend that to have faith is to disengage your mind, to turn off your cognitive ability. Just some examples are:
- “Faith is a secure confidence not based on evidence”. Can’t speak for anyone else but my faith can only be based upon past experience, and the fact is the same with much of science. After all what much of what is called scientific “fact” is taking multiple results to an experiment and based on getting the same result multiple times, believing that the results will continue to be the same ad infinitum.
- “Faith is unsupported wishful thinking”. Christianity isn’t about wishing things were all puppy dogs and rainbows, but rather an acceptance of what is, not about how we wish it was. We accept what is and make the decision to live our lives based on that, working to achieve what we believe to be the best possible outcome, even if we do not have the certainty of success.
- “Religion is a belief system that means you are required to believe this, and forbidden to believe that” – guilty as charged, however science is in the exact same boat, for example, if you’re a mathematician aren’t you required to believe that 2+2=4, and not 6? Or how about an evolutionary biologist? If you don’t believe the theories of this discipline can you still call yourself an evolutionary biologist?
- “The real problem for empirical scientists and rational skepticism is we care more about truth than the religious do” – really? As a follower of Christ the pursuit of truth is a requirement, not an option. The problem with scientists and skeptics is the refusal to admit, at least in public, that those data points most often used as “proof” of evolution, the beginning of the universe, and the like are assumptions, an if this then that, line of thinking. Where is the willingness to stop and say clearly that ” We believe that The universe began because of X, therefore Y, but if the beginning is actually Z then the answer would be completely different and the truth is we can not know if for no other reason then there are different ways to get to this point and there is no empirical evidence which can say with absolute certainty that X is really the starting place.” Will you ever hear a Hawking, Dawkins or other scientists who believe in evolutionary origins say this? Will they freely admit to doubt or other possibilities? I doubt it but time will tell.
- “All sin can be forgiven if you believe in Jesus, and simply because you believe in Jesus” – Close but not quite, yes all sin can be forgiven, however as James says “Thou believe that there is one God; thou doesn’t well: the devils also believe, and tremble”. So no just belief is not the key, it starts there, but it also requires, a declaration of Jesus as Lord, see Romans 10:9-10, and if you think this is just some sort of lip service to God think again.
- “He(God) lives by those rules even when circumstances demand exception” – really and what exception would that be?
Not having the answers doesn’t make you wrong
Oh don’t get me wrong there are far too many who call themselves Christians, and even claim to speak for God espousing some of the things mentioned above. Even saying some incredibly ridicules things as if they were a prophet. Maybe according to some I am a heretic for even questioning their beliefs. I think however that those of us that dare to claim Jesus as Lord should be neither closed-minded to what science has to say, or to take it on blind faith.
Unlike Mr. Ra I can freely admit my prejudices but also accept that at this point there are some things that neither science or Christianity can answer. Things like how exactly was the universe created, when the Bible speaks of a 6 day creation is it 6 literal days? Or is it like Peter spoke of that a day is like a thousand years?(2Peter3:8). Only time will tell.
I’ll keep looking for answers,thank you very much.
For now I must be content with not knowing all the answers, but continue to search for them. I don’t believe God gave us a brain only to turn it off when the questions get tough. Although I am a little frustrated with others, especially non-Christians, trying to define Christianity, I will continue to do my best to point out the flaws, even glaring errors in their definitions. Maybe it won’t matter to them, but it matters to me.
What about you, have you encountered people mis-representing what Christianity is? Did you speak up? What did you do about it?