- Most people have incorrectly come to say that faith is accepting something blindly, without evidence, or even contrary to evidence.
- However, faith is defined differently; faith means to take something by authority, as contrasted to by empirical evidence. For example, if I test something via demonstration in a repeatable experiment, this is empirical testing, it is not faith. But if an expert tells me that something is true, and I accept this fact, then I have accepted the fact from faith. It is faith because I am believing it without having seen a demonstration.
- Faith is built upon belief that the source is credible. No one believes something for no reason whatsoever. Rather, they believe based on the credibility of the source. Everyone who believed anything did so due to belief that it was a logical, reasonable thing to do.
- Faith is not an excuse for ignorance or a blind faith.
- Therefore faith is built upon reason. Christianity presents us with credible evidence, then asks us to take the next step of faith.
- Further, virtually no statement of reason is without some degree of faith. Anything we believe about the world is based upon some faith, such as being able to know cause and effect, that we can trust our senses, etc.
- As Christians, we have a reasonable faith. No one ever believed Christianity because they thought it was absurd or illogical.
In Christianity, faith and reason come together in the following ways:
- Without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11;6).
- Reason can show us that God exists, but not produce faith in God, because faith involves an act of the will.
- Reason cannot force the will to believe.
- Some truths cannot be discovered by reason, but must be revealed. However, these truths can be shown to be logical and reasonable once they have been revealed to us.
- Because God is the author of both reason and faith, there need not be a conflict between them.