CHRISTIAN FAITH IS NOT BLIND FAITH

23 04 2011

This is from the archives of THE POACHED EGG, a prolific and thoughtful apologetics blog. – Steve

Blind Faith is not Christian Faith

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by Anthony Horvath

Richard Dawkins, among many others, have contended that ‘faith’ is believing what you know isn’t true.  Less severe, but equally inaccurate, is the view that faith is a thing completely apart from evidence, or even in spite of the evidence.  This view isn’t restricted to atheists.  Unfortunately, many Christians themselves take that view.   It is unfortunate because it is not true, it is not how the Scriptures actually present it, and it takes Christians out of discussions they should be involved in.

The simplest way to put it that would be accurate would be to understand ‘faith’ as including, front and center, the idea of ‘trust.’

Christian faith is not merely the confident belief that certain propositions are true.   It isn’t even the confident belief that a God exists.  The Scriptures forbid such a narrow understanding:  “So you believe that there is one God.  Good!  Even the demons believe that – and shudder.”  James 2:19

Another passage puts it in better context:  “…without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he awards those who earnestly seek him.”  Hebrews 11:6

Real Christian faith includes and transcends beliefs in propositions and speaks to the trust that we have in God and our reliance on his nature (ie, most prominently, his goodness).

But the important thing to take note of here is that the Scriptures frequently appeal to evidence as a basis for trusting faith. God very much respects our need to have evidence.   (see, for example, John 14:11) There is a point where trust is required, but this trust is based on a pattern that we have observed to hold true.  In short, Biblical faith calls us to step out into the unknown, based on what is known.

Here we see that Biblical faith is not all that different than the kind of faith we have in all sorts of things, the main difference being the object of our faith.  For example, let’s say that one’s wife wants to go out with friends some Saturday night…

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ROB WESTBROOK SHARES FROM MICHAEL GREEN

21 04 2011

Rob Westbrook shared this today as a pingback from a May 25, 2010 posting on this blog. Click on ROB to follow to his site.

Evangelism Principle

Posted on April 21, 2011 by Rob

Bullhorn EvangelismFirst get the centre of the fire hot, and people will be warmed on its outskirts, and drawn in. If we want the gospel to spread in the community of which we are a part, we would be unwise to start with some evangelistic outreach. We would be much better employed in paying attention to the quality of our church life. That is going to be the magnet that draws others to the Jesus who has made us into His body. But if our fellowship is cold, if nobody stays behind after the services because they are, frankly, ready to get away, if the music is dominated by an orge, if the minister is too fond of his own voice, if people are made to feel of a consumer mentality, rather than participants, if joy is frowned upon, then we are unlikely to see significant growth.
Thirty Years that Changed the World by Michael Green

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SHARING ONLY GOD’S LOVE IS CONFUSED

7 04 2011

Sharing Only God’s Love Is Confused

God Loves You

by Clay Jones

I’ve often heard Christians say that when witnessing Christians should “just share the love of God,” meaning: don’t talk about hell or judgment. In this context I have also heard things like, “you can’t draw flies without honey” and “I don’t want to scare people into heaven; I want to love them in.” This sounds nice and loving.

But it’s not.

This approach to evangelism fails to understand the proper distinction between law and Gospel. The Reformers understood that when law and Gospel are properly distinguished, law is preached only to secure sinners and the Gospel (or grace) is preached only to insecure sinners. What they meant is this. You don’t just tell people who are secure in their sin that God loves them. Why? Because that only emboldens them in their sin. Those who are righteous in their own eyes don’t need a large dose of hearing about God’s grace. Instead what they need to hear about is judgment and the wrath of God. Secure sinners need to be made into insecure sinners (of course, this can’t be done without the work of the Holy Spirit). Once they become insecure sinners, then, and only then, do we preach to them the Gospel of Grace.

This is what Jesus did…

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