Scripture Reading: Hebrews chapter 11
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” – Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)
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Does being a Christian and believing in God require “blind” faith?
The simple answer to this question is “yes” and “no”. I want to set the mood for answering this question, because there are so many ways it could be approached. One of the mistakes we make as believers sometimes is to not really understand the question that is being asked. Sometimes this question is posed as a confrontation. For the sake of this devotion, we are going to assume this is not how it is meant. Rather, we will talk briefly about it in a way that encourages believer in his or her walk with God.
Recently someone made a statement, “Reason is the guillotine of faith.” This sad statement is very inaccurate. Reason defined by Webster is, “a statement offered in explanation or justification, a rational ground or motive.” Christ and the Apostles never ask us to believe or do anything that is unreasonable or irrational. Even that which is supernatural is reasonable. Atheists, religionists and Christians alike must absolutely grapple with the supernatural. For instance, if an atheist claims to believe in the Big Bang as an origin for the universe, he or she must disregard many natural laws to do so. Likewise, the Christian understands the world to be created by God (Hebrews 11:3) as a supernatural creation from nothing (John 1:3; Gen. 1:1). It is reasonable to understand that God could create the universe, if He is indeed the God He reveals Himself to be. Likewise, what we believe about the Christian life, even our very faith in Christ, our understanding about salvation and our relationship with God can be explained with both logic and reason.
The question here, however is focused directly on the existence of God. To one end, as mentioned above, believing in God is not blind. Logic and reason, both of which are Biblical concepts, explain God’s existence and Creation. Conversely, the answer to the question the above question is yes. This is because God’s person is not physically seen with human eyes. So in this sense, we might answer the question yes. The question each of us must answer, however, is the same question I would ask a skeptic, “what is sufficient evidence?” Mankind deals with this every day of his life. When you take a ride on a jet from Seattle to Minneapolis, do you see the internal working of the engine and very it’s presence? It doesn’t take long for you to see the effects of that engine after being pushed back from the gate. Within minutes, and engine that is intricately designed is producing thousands of pounds of thrust and propelling you into the atmosphere. By the way, did you see the lift that was being created on the wings which took that plane into the air?
So it is with our God. Just because we do not see His person, does not mean He does not exist, or that our faith if blind. We can clearly see both the effect and the actions of God in His creation, in other people, and within yourself. This is the very argument Paul makes to the Romans at the outset of that same book.
Please do not let anyone tell you the Christian faith is unreasonable or blind. If we are willing to truly evaluate our environment, we will see the God who created us!