Thursday, January 3, 2019

Blind Faith

Not too long ago (relatively), most of civilization had what we might call a blind faith. They believed that God was the center of the Universe, that He had created and guided them, and that anything and everything that happened was His doing. They attributed their entire lives to Him, good and bad, and lived as though He, not they, was running the show. 

Along came our own explorations, advancements in our technologies, breakthroughs in our discoveries, and we began to think, how silly. How foolish those persons were. We began to believe that there was more that we could understand about our world than just throwing God at everything, and we determined that faith no longer need be blind. In fact, the argument went, the more you see, the less you need faith at all. 

Yet, we hold on to faith because we know that faith has something for our souls that we haven't discovered anywhere else in the universe. We know that faith does something that nothing else can do for us. We know that faith holds a truth that hasn't yet been uncovered. 

But the faith of the modern Christian is once again becoming a blind faith, something it was never meant to be. 

It ought to be that the more that we know about God, the more ewe discover about Him and even about His world, the deeper we love Him. It ought to be that we seek to know as much as we can about Him who we love (and who loves us). It ought to be that we aim our inquiries heavenward and seek to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible of the God of the universe. After all, He's never claimed to be a mystery; forever and for always, He has labored to make Himself known to His people. 

For many modern Christians, however, in a world in which faith is just an option, in a world in which it's private and personal and really about whatever you get out of it, whatever it does for you, that just doesn't seem to matter. For many modern Christians, there is no drive, no instinct, no desire to know anything more about God than one already knows. 

Ask a Christian what they know about their God, and they are likely these days to shrug and say, "He's God." 

He's God, and that's enough for me. He's God, and that means that I believe in Him because He's God. He's God, so He has heaven, and that's all I really want. He's God, and everything in the world is His and I'm just a cog in His machine, but if I'm a good cog, then I get to go to heaven when I die. And that's all the faith I need.

Scarier still, try to teach a Christian today something about God's goodness, something about His grace, something about His love, something about His heart, and they will tell you that's all well and good, but it doesn't necessarily change anything about their relationship with Him. It doesn't form their bond any deeper. It's not relevant, they say, to what's going on here.

He's just God; He doesn't have to have a heart for me to believe that. 

So here we are in a time where we have more tools than ever before to uncover and discover the fabric of God knit into our universe, and too many Christians are living with a blind faith. Not because we can't know, but because we don't want to know. It doesn't, for some reason, seem like valuable information to us. 

In some cases, it would require us to have to...grow. And who wants to do that? 

Nah, it's cool. I believe in God. That's enough. 

Is it? Is it really? 

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