Faith is not blind

There are many times in our lives when we feel doubt concerning our beliefs. Sometimes these doubts arise as a product of our own questioning, and sometimes they arise as a product of our being questioned or challenged by others. Such doubts and questions are not necessarily unhealthy. Nor are they necessarily a symptom of lack of faith or disbelief. Ours should not be a blind faith but an informed faith, and questioning is natural for a mind honestly seeking the truth. Truth can withstand any questioning, though the answers may not be what we expect or prefer.

An informed faith is one that is based on actual evidence, which does not simply say, “I don’t have any evidence for my beliefs, I just have faith”, but that says “I have enough evidence for my beliefs to convince me that it is sensible to place my faith in that which I cannot entirely prove.”

There are times, however, when answers appear out of reach. Perhaps we do not know how to find a particular answer; perhaps the question is presented in a way that obscures the answer, or perhaps we simply cannot see how there could be an answer. Then again, while there are answers for every question, we may not find every answer. Some questions will always remain, and, in such cases, we must rely on faith. The answers to the majority of our questions should ground us in the confidence that what we believe is true. Our faith should be based on what we do know, not on what we do not or cannot know.

In the following chapters, an assessment will be made of various questions and challenges to our faith. They are not presented as the only possible answers, nor intended to be a substitute for personal questioning and enquiry. They are presented as a resource which questioning minds may find useful, and which doubting minds may find strengthening.

Is The Bible True?

How do I know if the Bible is true? This is the first and most challenging question for anyone who wants to find out for themselves if the Bible is what it claims to be, the Word of God. The following is a suggested method of enquiry to address this question.

  • Is the existing text an accurate copy of the original? Since the original texts of the books of the Bible no longer exist, how can we be sure that what we read today is “the Bible”?

  • Is it compatible with science? Does science really “disprove” the Bible, as many people believe? Is Christianity “against science,” as others also think?
  • Is it factually reliable? Where the Bible makes statements that it represents as fact, is it possible to prove whether or not these statements are accurate?

  • Is it internally consistent? Does the Bible contradict itself, or is there evidence that the text contains inconsistencies that render it unreliable?
  • Does it demonstrate evidence of supernatural origin? Is there anything about the text that is best explained by a supernatural origin?

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