Faith blind?

Faith has an object, and the facts of that object (Christ) can be known and asserted as true and defendable. The promises of Christ are what is yet unseen. So faith rests upon Christ who is trustworthy and able to produce what He has promised as evidenced in scripture. So faith can have a certain and objectively true knowledge of Christ, a personal assent to all that Christ said and promised is true, and rest in the knowledge that the promises will come to pass.

Kind of like a world renowned doctor who comforts a patient that he is able to perform the surgery he needs. The objective facts of his reputation and history of successful operations, makes the promise of coming through this surgery, personal and real to the patient. It is still faith, because the operation is not over yet.

Faith blind?.

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  1. Faith is imminently reasonable, because, although it is based on God’s promises, the facts behind or related to those promises are demonstrable by sufficient evidence.

    Doubt refuses to admit the validity of the sufficient amount of evidence available, so it demands absolute certainty, believing that anything less than absolute certainty is insufficient.

  2. I agree John! There is a lot of evidence for Christians to “know” and build their trust on. I just hear so much about subjective feelings of salvation (personal testimonies), rather than the objective historical facts about it, as foundational in faith. Sure our faith is something personal, but only if it is first something objectively true and real.

    • Personal experience is definitely a weak foundation. All it would take is a new subjective experience to come along and change everything. Better to validate your experience by seeing if it squares with the Word of God than allowing your experience to validate the truthfulness of God’s Word for you.

      • Yes, and it is troubling to me when this personal experience is what becomes the foundation of witnessing/evangelism. It is as if all Christians can do is talk about their personal experience with others and try to live a Godly life. There is little to no discussion about the objective truths of who Jesus was and what He accomplished. There is again, as you point out in your blogs a heart message that trumps a logical message, because many Christians actually believe that you cannot win people to Christ by presenting historical facts and logical arguments. Appealing to the mind, for some, is just not the way to evangelize. Yet the pattern we see in Scripture is the appeal to Christ as the Son of God and how He solved the problem of being able to stand before God as righteous.

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