Blind Faith

Christian faith has never been blind, nor need it ever be, except perhaps at two points which very few people would ever seriously question.

First, it is a leap of faith to assume that there is anything outside of myself. Not a difficult leap of faith at all, especially considering that there are so many things in the world I experience which (a) I do not want to experience, or which (b) I do not consider myself capable of imagining, owing to their extreme profundity and my desperate finitude.

Second, it is a leap of faith to assume that a man risen from the dead must necessarily have been telling the truth about everything He said before and after that point. Of course I am referring to Jesus, a man who both (a) claimed to be God, and (b) rose from the dead. If (b) entails the truth of all His statements, then there can be no question that the claim made in (a) is true. In my mind, again, this is not a difficult leap at all.

Where, on the other hand, is Christian faith not at all blind? My answer is this: the Christian's faith in the fact of Jesus' resurrection is not now, nor was it ever, a blind faith. The apostles who wrote the New Testament knew, on strictly empirical grounds (that is, they experienced it via their senses), whether or not Jesus had risen from the dead, and yet they still claimed that their salvation was "through faith." So, "faith" in that context can't simply mean "belief in something you've never seen." They saw the risen Christ, and they still needed "faith" in order to be saved.

Christian faith is not blind; otherwise the apostles didn't have it. There is, however, more to say about our present-day state of affairs in this regard. But I try to keep my Xanga to one page or less. I suppose I might get to it later. Have a great day everyone!

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