Is Christian faith blind faith? I say no. I say that Christian faith is based on evidence.
Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV) 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines evidence as;
something which shows that something else exists or is true: a visible sign of something: material that is presented to a court of law to help find the truth about something
The Christian’s faith is not a blind acceptance of opinions that can’t be proven; it’s not based on feeling, emotion, or a “blind leap.” Christian faith is conviction supported by evidence. That my friend is not blind faith. By faith we accept that the invisible things of God are behind the visible universe.
Hebrews 11:1-3 (NLT) 1 Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. 2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. 3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.
So What Is the Evidence?
The evidence that supports the Christian’s faith is divine in origin. Because God is so much more trustworthy than man, we should expect this evidence to be far superior to human testimony.
Romans 3:3-4 (NLT) 3 True, some of them were unfaithful; but just because they were unfaithful, does that mean God will be unfaithful? 4 Of course not! Even if everyone else is a liar, God is true. As the Scriptures say about him, “You will be proved right in what you say, and you will win your case in court.”
An honest study of the evidence for God, His Son, and His Word will confirm that Christian faint is not blind faith.
The Universe (Nature) is Evidence
The very existence of the universe, its power, its order, and its complexity demand that an Intelligent Designer did it and that Intelligent Designer is God.
Romans 1:20 (NLT) For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
From nature we can only that there is a God, that He has unlimited power and intelligence, and that He possesses will. What nature doesn’t tell us however is, what He’s like? Is He good or bad, loving or hating, kind or cruel. What does He want from me? How can I enjoy His fellowship?
The Word Is Evidence
To know these things, I must turn to the second piece of evidence, the Word (Bible).
Romans 10:17 (NLT) So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.
The word not only tells me about God, it gives evidence to demonstrate that there is a God, that the Bible is the Word of God, and that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Some of these powerful proofs are the harmony of the Scriptures, fulfilled prophecies both about ancient nations and about Christ, and the evidence that Christ was raised from the dead.
These two pieces of evidence, the universe and the word, give ample reason for a firm, reasonable conviction that there is a God in heaven, that the Bible is His word, and that Jesus Christ is His Son.
Want More Evidence
For more evidence read these book by Josh McDowell, a Christian apologist, evangelist, and writer. He the author or co-author of some 115 books. You can find most of his books on Amazon but here are a few that you might want to check out.
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.