YOU must have heard the term “blind faith”.
Who was the person who started saying it and why? I know what it alludes to, seeking things we have not seen yet. Howevuurrrr, I have never liked that phrase, blind faith. I never did think there was anything blind about my faith. Ergo, I was unsure why anyone else’s faith had to be blind when there was more than enough evidence to have faith with sight.
I am no expert, but I don’t think we are called to follow blindly like sheep. We do, and should, follow like sheep in many ways, agreed, I’m not sure it should apply to our faith. The idea of faith is to believe in something that you cannot see, something unimaginable, something beyond you and your feeble mind. Or mine, anyway. True as that may be, that faith is rooted in something. It has to be.
For myself, it’s rooted in the things I doubted, what I have seen, what I have heard and why that foreshadows what is to come. We are allowed to have doubts. I don’t think you would be human if you didn’t have doubts. Faith is having the doubt, but doubting the doubt, instead of doubting God.
We share about our faith and other things that it comes with, but we never dare question what we have seen or heard or read. I know there are some people out there who are against questioning God. “Don’t question him because it’s disrespectful.” Yet, He gave us the ability to reason and expected us to do just that. If we attempt to reason and our reasoning fails us, who are we to posit our questions to, if not Him?
I think it’s perfectly okay to say, “Excuse me sir. I don’t understand why this is happening.” It doesn’t shake God’s authority when you ask a question. The purpose of questioning is to understand. If we do not understand something ourselves, we cannot share it with others. If we have to question to understand and share with others, then so be it. Even if the question is a simple, “can you please explain this to me?”
We can question the things we see, the things we read, the things we think. Admittedly, sometimes we refuse to because we’re afraid our faith will be shaken or that there may be no immediate answers.
“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realise this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?- unless indeed you fail to meet the test.” – 2 Corinthians 13:5.
If one little question asked of you, or asked by you rattles your faith, then maybe it’s your faith that is problematic and not the questioning.
Don’t be blind in your faith. Know why you’re believing what you’re believing. Know more than the “just because” reason for believing it too. If that has to come with asking some serious questions, then ask them. To be effective as who we are, we have to be able to know things convincingly enough to share it with other people. The “just because” is not always convincing.
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” – 1 Peter 3:15
Why do I have faith in a God I have never seen? Because I have seen what He’s capable of. I have an endless list of the things in my life that have changed or been altered because of a simple prayer. From a muscle hurting and a small prayer for it to be healed to a problem no doctor could understand suddenly gone. More than just that, I have seen him at work in other people’s lives. If I ever ran out of examples in my life, I can point to others.
I’ve heard it said somewhere that God is like the wind. You cannot see the wind, but you can see the effect the wind has on the things around it. You can see the sway of the trees. You can see a shivering person. You can hear the wind. You can feel the wind. You can deny the wind is there, but that doesn’t stop the wind from doing what wind does.
I know why I have faith in the God I have faith in. Yes, that faith falters, but something remarkable has been done before, which reminds me when I am in search of something even more remarkable, that it is possible. When I pray for healing for something, even if it seems a little crazy, I can have faith that that healing will occur. Not blindly, but based on my past experience with something of that nature.
When I ask to be protected, I can have faith that I am protected because the last time I asked for that, I left my home and came back in one piece. That covers all the bases, though. Because even if I have never had a past experience with something I’m currently seeking, I can refer to something else in my past. I may be asking for removal of an addiction. I have never had that happen before, but based on everything that has happened before, why can’t an addiction be added to that list? It isn’t therefore a “blind faith” it’s faith based on past experience.
We should all have the certainty that we follow, not blindly but with sight. Even if that sight may not be 20/20, there is sight. Sight of the past: a foretaste of the goodness to come.
Question the things you see, the things you hear, the things you don’t understand. Question your faith so you can be certain it’s sturdy. Then when you have, share that certainty with anyone else with questions. Be prepared for some “just because” answers, which are also okay, but endeavour for more.
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