Are Christians guided by 'blind faith?'
Are Christians asked to walk down the path of life with little more than "blind faith?"
Are we required to simply have a baseless trust in God, Jesus, and the Bible?
And—does the path we take in life matter little to God, so long as we continue to blindly stumble forward with
our sincere convictions?
A lot of people outside the Christian world certainly think so—and
even many secular Christians believe Christianity is based entirely on feelings rather than facts.
For such people, "blind trust" becomes their religious philosophy—as they grope through life, often led
by false Christian leaders (Jesus called them "blind guides") that Jesus and His apostles repeatedly warned us to avoid.
But Jesus did not bring light into the world so that we could stumble along in blind faith. (John 3:16-21)
Mature Christian believers do not walk by a "blind faith"
Regarding the topic of faith, the apostle Paul tersely wrote:
We walk by faith, not by sight.
Because of this, some have mistakenly assumed that the Christian has been asked to navigate through life with a blind faith.
(2 Corinthians 5:7)
However, although Paul did indicate that faith is what leads us—that "faith" is far from "blind."
Certainly, there's a "faith" that we could characterize as "blind" (in other words, a faith based mainly on unproven assertions from others),
but there's also a "realistic" faith, a trust that is developed from extensive past experience. (By the way, evolution requires its believers to have
a blind faith, since it is founded solely upon unproven theories and conjecture, and since traditionally scientific
empirical evidence does not back this theory.
Please see Defending Christianity
for more on this.)
And while it cannot be denied that many Christians are simply "Christian" for traditional reasons (rather than due to an
honest examination of facts), Christians should learn to base their faith on the solid foundation of underlying facts,
facts that God Himself provided to us so that we could truly be "rooted and grounded" in our faith.
Biblical references to "well-founded faith" versus "blind faith"
Jesus implied the concept of "blind religious faith" when He said (speaking of false prophets): "If a blind man
leads a blind man, both will fall into the ditch." (Matthew 15:14)
As you can hopefully see, Jesus was warning His followers to not place "blind faith" in religious leaders who, in spite of
their knowledge and education, were leaving out several critical aspects of truth in their practices. They were only partially
obedient to the word of God, and allowed their traditions to trump the Bible.
But was Jesus asking His followers to avoid a "blind faith" in other religious leaders—and instead place a "blind faith" in Him?
Consider some of His final words to His disciples:
"I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am He [the Chosen One from God]."
Jesus plainly did not expect His followers to have "blind faith" in His claims to be from God.
Instead, He invited His listeners to check the evidence of His prophecies and their ultimate fulfillments.
That's because only God has the ability to exactly determine what lies in our future.
Nor did the apostles expect Christians to "blindly follow" Christ.
In Acts 17:11, Paul commended, rather than criticized, the Bereans' intent search through the Bible to see if Paul's message
was valid. He was essentially encouraging them (and us) to have a faith based on fact, not on fiction.
He invited research by these honest truth-seekers, and encouraged them to keep searching to confirm that Paul's
teachings about the Christ were indeed consistent with the message of prophets (in other words,
Jesus Christ was an exact fulfillment of their prophecies).
Many other such cases could be given as well.
For example, the very opening verses of the New Testament were
given to prove, by providing the facts of Jesus' genealogy, that He indeed qualified
to be "the Christ" (or "Messiah") spoken of by the prophets—for the Christ had to be descended from David.
An example of "blind" faith versus "well-founded" faith
Perhaps we could illustrate all this by providing two different examples of faith:
Please note that in both cases above, faith is required.
- EXAMPLE #1: Suppose a complete stranger walked up to you in a parking lot and politely asked if he could borrow your car,
insisting he would return it shortly. With only his testimony to trust, would we unblinkingly hand him our keys?
To do so would require a blind faith on your part, because that faith would be based only on the man's testimony.
(By the way, many people in our world today have thoughtlessly handed over the keys to their very souls to false preachers and teachers,
without doing any serious research to see if their messages match God's word. For more on this, please listen to
The incredible danger of false prophets.)
- EXAMPLE #2: On the other hand, suppose a trusted friend approached you in the same parking lot, also
asking to borrow your car keys.
Suppose also that you knew—from years of past observation and experiences—that this friend
was incredibly reliable, dependable, and safety conscious. Suppose also that he had actually purchased your car and given it to you
as a gift several years prior. Wouldn't you be more likely to loan out your keys to this trusted friend?
To do so would require a well-founded faith on our part, a faith based upon facts of past experiences.
(By the way, many people in our world today continue to reject Christ, in spite of the fact that
numerous prophecies pointed to the specifics of His coming, and were prophesied hundreds of years in advance by the prophets.
For much more on this, please read
Biblical message: Life to one, Death to another.
The consequences for rejecting Christ's sacrifice are very serious indeed.)
The key difference obviously is, faith in the stranger would be a "blind" faith based only on his testimony.
Faith in your friend, however,
is a trust based on past experience, and this gives you tremendous and well-founded confidence. And the more you trust that
friend, the more you're willing to believe him, and indeed "risk," based on his testimony alone.
It's amazing at how many people today are willing to put their trust in the unfounded words of others, based only on the fact they "seem"
to be trustworthy.
Conversely, the true faith in Christ is based on a trust in Him, and His word, that can be verified by many prophecies that cannot
be otherwise explained by the rational mind.
In other words, our faith in Christ is based on facts, not on fiction.
Christ has never expected His people to follow Him simply because "He said so" with no evidence
to back His claims.
Instead, the Bible is full of proofs and facts that give us realistic comfort that our faith in Christ is
Our faith in God's word is based on a Bible that can indeed be
proved to be God's word.
Furthermore, we can be certain that the Bible we read
has been passed down to us accurately—meaning, the Bible truly contains
the accurate words of God Himself.
And that Bible
clearly denounces all "faiths" except the true, logical, defendable faith we have in our Lord Jesus Christ—Who
said that no person can come to God, and be saved, unless
he believes and obeys the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
Additional recommended reading:
Is Christianity the only true religion?
Is your favorite preacher a false prophet?
How to choose the right church
Is your Bible accurate?
How to be saved—according to the Bible