This will be a small post, and hopefully not provocative in a wrong way, but I thought that it was worth a mention.
I am wrapping up some preparation for a Bible Study tonight on one of our booklets, The Real God: Proofs and Promises, and I am reminded of a belief out there amongst some which I cannot go along with. It is the idea that God must be believed in with a “blind faith” — that His existence is somehow something that can neither be proven or disproven. Not only do I disagree with this, I disagree with its cousin, the belief that a religion, itself, cannot be evaluated and proven to be true or false.
It would be one thing to believe that this is a practical outcome of dealing with complex issues. While I would still disagree, the fact is that many argue that a religion cannot be proven to be true or false (or to exist or not to exist) and so one must somehow make a blind “leap of faith.” And, I see this stated more often than not by many who call themselves Christians than by those who consider themselves atheists.
This idea that religion or the matter of God’s existence is somehow immune to reason and really is just silly. If you believe this, I hope that does not offend you. You’re certainly free to call me “silly” as well–I can’t hear you, anyway. (Or can I?…) But it is. And it is unbiblical.
I do not subscribe to that belief, nor even to Gould’s idea of “non-overlapping magisteria” in which it is assumed that religion and science are two fields of study and knowledge that do not “overlap” in any significant way. The fact is that all real religions make statements about reality–and even history–that must be true or false. And as such, they are subject to verification and reason.
This may seem to contradict my frequent comments concerning the dominating role assumptions play in our understanding, bu–rather–these two things are related. Many different geometries have been built “post-Euclid” by discarding the assumption that there exist through a point a unique line that is parallel to a given line, and those geometries have had many varied applications. But that doesn’t mean that the assumption is not true or false in our reality, in our universe.
So, please don’t misunderstand me — I am definitely a “religious fellow.” I do believe that God exists, that Jesus Christ is His Son, that Christ lived and died and lived again almost 2000 years ago, and that He is returning again with a Kingdom which He will rule with His saints. But I do not claim that these things must be taken on “blind faith” — without appeal to “real life”, history, or reason. And those who do so claim do more harm to their cause than good. Unless, of course, I misunderstand their cause.