10/31/2009                                                                                       View Comments

Unquestioning, blind faith is just plain stupid

by Neal Stone

There is always the argument that Christians give, “You just have to have faith”. They then throw out the following.

You have faith when you sat in that chair.

You have faith when you start your car.

You have faith you will wake up each morning.

So why don't you have faith in god?

Well, let's cover this argument shall we.

You have faith when you sat in that chair.

Sure, because I know it's going to hold me. After all most of the chairs I sit in I have sat in before. So I know they will probably hold me again. But we are talking about faith in an observable, visible physical object. I can see it, test it and determine that it will probably hold me. The faith in the chair is earned based of my observations.

You have faith when you start your car.Now give me an old chair that's a little beat up, and I will have some doubt and will sit in it with a little caution and doubt, but will also test it to be sure it will hold me.

You have faith when you start your car.


Sure, after I took it for a test drive and verified it runs. It since then has started up and proven itself trustworthy and reliable. Now the other car, not so much. The battery was dead (went bad) and it never started unless jumped. So my faith in that car went away. Then I replaced the battery and behold it runs now. Faith restored. But an earned faith.

You have faith you will wake up each morning.

Sure, after I was old enough to understand faith and was able to think. As a new born baby up until now I have had a daily experience called waking up. So I have had plenty of evidence to enable me to have faith.

So why don't you have faith in god?

Haven't you been listening? Oh yeah, you're a Christian so that would be a big “NO”!

Faith in something invisible and faith in something visible are two different things. I have faith in things I use each day because I have seen them work and even understand how they work. I spent 23 years in church and god has yet to earn my faith. At times I really did have faith and prayed, read the Bible and all that stuff. How many centuries did Christians believe and have faith the sun revovled around the earth?

Faith is something that is earned. Telling me to “just have faith” does nothing but lock me into your ideas and religion. It seems silly to just believe in something without real solid evidence to support it. If I lack faith I am accused on doubting god and hit with some guilt trip. Can you say “cult tactics”?

Blind faith is a dangerous tool that ruins lives. My faith in my car, waking up or a chair is not blind, but earned from working examples and evidence I have encountered throughout my life.

Well, the Bible says.
“Lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths.”

In other words, don't think for yourself but let in some dudes teaching guide you. Blindly follow what is taught you in church without question. No thanks! Been there done that and it almost ruined my life.

“Well, you just didn't have enough faith!”

Really? With the faith of a mustard seed I could move mountains according to the Bible. I am pretty sure I had much, much more faith than that. So yeah I had more than enough faith. Tons of the stuff for that matter.

So here is my question. Christians claim to have access to god's wisdom and knowledge. God knows everything therefore Christians have access to this. So why is it then that when someone asks a real tough question, they only give the same warmed over generic answers? Answers like:

“God only knows”
“God has his reasons”
“God works in strange and mysterious ways”
“We cant know the ways of god”
“You just gotta have faith”


Some old warmed over answers. Nothing really solid to hang onto. It's simple really. Since Christians aren't allowed to think they have to repeat everything that is taught them. For years that is all you hear answer wise.

I got so tired of asking tough questions just to get a stupid answer.

Here is the truth of it all. If god exists and god is who Christians claim he is hen that means god knows everything about Science, mathematics, trigonometry, geometry, algebra and the list goes on. God knows everything and controls everything according to Christian belief. So explain the way things are and the lousy assembly of the Bible?

Christians are supposed to have free access to god's wisdom and knowledge, yet they can't come up with any better answers than the same old warn out ones they give each time they are asked a tough question that demands a straight answer.

Since leaving Christianity, I have sought out those tough answers to my tough questions. I have realized that I can find answer and at the same time some things are beyond my understanding. My thinking has never been clearer and less cloudy. I feel much better about my life and have less trouble seeking and finding answers.

Jesus said, “Seek and you shall find.” I did seek and yes I did find, but it wasn't Jesus I found. It was logic, reason, and life without confusing religion. It was true freedom.

I seek evidence before I have faith in something. Faith is earned, not given blindly. And faith in something unproven is just plain dumb compared to faith in something proven such as starting my car.

Yeah, I have faith -- faith in something real and proven.

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4 comments:

webmdave said...

Maybe you need to go back to the definition of the word Faith: Faith is UNQUESTIONING belief in that which has no proof. Faith is not about something that is tested and proven through any of the five senses. That's what makes it faith. It CAN'T BE PROVEN until it manifests itself. Faith is the conviction someone has when they CHOOSE to BELIEVE in something. Is blind faith a tool that ruins lives? Not in mine. I have had many prayers answered and seen things come to past in friends or relatives' lives which they prayed for WITHOUT KNOWING FOR SURE what would be the outcome, yet they BELIEVED. You just CHOOSE NOT TO!

webmdave said...

"Faith is not about something that is tested and proven through any of the five senses. That's what makes it faith. It CAN'T BE PROVEN until it manifests itself."

So, let me see if I understand correctly. Once the "faith" that one has "manifests itself", it can be "PROVEN", but yet, not proven "through any of the five senses", according to you. Okay, so? How can it be "PROVEN" once it "manifests itself"?

"I have had many prayers answered and seen things come to past in friends or relatives' lives which they prayed for WITHOUT KNOWING FOR SURE what would be the outcome, yet they BELIEVED."

What does a lack of "KNOWING FOR SURE" have to do with the price of eggs in China? I can breakout my lucky rabbit's foot and not know for sure if it will bring me luck. Does that it make any more reliable? Did you actually read the article? "Trust" is one thing; "faith" is quite another. 'Get it? If you cannot trust the results of praying anymore than you can trust the results of carrying a luck rabbit's foot, why not just have "faith" in the rabbit's foot, instead? It will certainly lower your risk of acquiring a baker's cyst from being on your knees all the time.

webmdave said...

The last prayer I prayed publicly in church was that God stop the deaths on our roads for just one month. Just one month without a tragedy withing 25 miles of my little town. You what, my friend's kid was killed in a car accident just a few days later.

I had faith. I truly believed. I knew that God could do this. I didn't say no one to die ever. All I asked for is one month. That does not prove that God doesn't exist but you know what, My faith was misplaced. If there is no evidence of god and if the only miracles come from actual human beings rescuing people, medicne curing people, etc. then I have to have my doubts.

So I did a little research. Make that a lot of research. Read something that isn't by yur church. The Bible god is not real and blind faith leads to you just plain being blind.

What about those poor people in North Korea who are worshipping their leader blindly. They are living in misery and poverty. And, just like Evil Biblegod with his punishments and Hell, That leader uses fear to maintian this adoration from the people.

webmdave said...

Jessy: "Is blind faith a tool that ruins lives? Not in mine."

So says the one driving blind, full-speed down the road, leaving wreckage in their wake...

And, "blind faith" isn't a tool, the individual being led blindly to follow others without question (blind faith)... now... that's the tool.

Jessy, here's your blind faith at work...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSRKWb4LO3w

Peace
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