Isn’t faith blind?

Isn’t faith blind?

Isn’t faith blind?

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In talking about beliefs, many Christians may say something like “I just have faith”. This only seems to cut short exploration about who God is and whether or not our faith is put in something worthy. Sean McDowell provides some insight on what biblical faith really is.

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3 thoughts on “Isn’t faith blind?

  1. mahmoud ramadan

    Faith in Islam is not blind. It is clearly sensible

    July 10, 2021 at 12:01 am Reply
  2. XaeeD

    Good luck trying to explain the trinity then. I think the trinity cannot be explained, and I actually respect Christians who acknowledge that, and have the guts to go with the "you just gotta have faith" approach on this one, as opposed to those who try to coin all kinds of invalid similitudes in an attempt to make sense of it, or hide their inability to make sense of it behind sophistry and ultimately meaningless nomenclature.

    You believe that God is One, but then there are three parts that are all each fully God, but are still one, and not three. This doesn't sound intelligible to me. Never has. Look, if it takes a learned scholar and philosopher to explain, and the average Joe can't comprehend the subtleties and complexities, then perhaps there's something inherently wrong with this. Christians' first response to the type of criticism/scepticism that I'm talking about, is to dismiss the questioner, and claim that they simply don't get it. Or that you must have the Holy Ghost, in order to understand it. This sounds like a conveniet excuse for not having to engage with the other. I'm no expert, not even close, but I did grow up in a Christian environment, and one side of my family has been Catholic for many centuries. So here's my definition of the trinity..

    God is One. There are three persons that are 1. Father, 2. Son, and 3. Sanctified Spirit. These three are individually God, and yet, together they make up the Godhead. Godhead is an interesting word, as it sounds like it's taken from Dutch, in which case Godhead simply means deity, or divine being. It's similar to a word like "childhood". Anyway, the three persons and what they're referred to cannot be used interchangeably. In other words, it's problematic to refer to Jesus as "Father", for example. The "Father" didn't die on the cross; but rather, the Son did. The Son is the incarnated Word of God. There are major issues with this, in my humble opinion, and I honestly think that one cannot help but count the three and add them up and conclude that there are in fact three separate deities here. Here's why I believe this must be the case..

    You distinguish between the three persons.

    Now this is incredibly significant, because distinction is only really possible when multiplicity (or plurality) is already a fact. You can't distinguish between absolute oneness. You can't even properly say that in a normal sentence, because it makes no logical sense. To argue for this, I think one might formulate it as follows:

    Either there's one God, or there are two or more gods. I'm dismissing the option that there is no god at all, because I'm not an atheist.
    If there are two or more gods, then they're either 100% identical in every possible way, or they're not.
    If they are 100% identical, then there's nothing to distinguish one from the other. In this case, in reality, they aren't more than one to begin with.
    It thus follows that if there exist multiple gods, then they cannot be 100% identical to one another. They have to be different from eachother.

    For creatures, such differences are obvious. The specific, incidental characteristics of one creature set it apart from another creature. So for example; identical twins are physically nearly impossible to distinguish between, but one of them is standing over here, and the other one is standing over there, and so you can count two of them, simply by using their coordinates in space. Since God doesn't have such characteristics, then the differences between these deities must be found in their attributes. After all, God doesn't have an odor, or a shape, or a size, or mass, or limits, etc.

    Now, at the very least, either one god lacks an attribute that the other does possess, or they both share the same attribute, but one god's attribute is somehow less potent than the other one's. In case of the former, it means that the god who lacks an attribute, is imperfect, and there can't be such a thing as an imperfect God. In case of the latter, the god whose attribute is weaker than the other's, is also an imperfect god, by comparison. In both cases, in terms of the flawed deity, it just shows you that this lesser god is no God at all. God must be perfect.

    As an example. Let's say these gods differ in the fact that they each have a will of their own, and so their wills must conflict in order to prove that they're more than one. After all, if this is what distinguishes one from the other, then this distinction can only be possible if their wills do conflict at some point. If their wills happen to always be exactly the same, then this cannot be used as a distinguishing factor. If one god wills to create Johnny, and the other god specifically wills against the creation of Johnny, then now there's a problem. One of the two either compromises, and gives in, and his will is no longer absolute, or one of them must overcome the other, and destroy his opponent, so that he alone remains and his will is absolute now. Johnny, after all, can't emerge in the world and be non-existent simultaneously. If both their wills are absolute, then this results in total chaos. If one deity destroys the other, then surely; God is immortal, and the destroyed deity was no God at all. There are other arguments that one can add to this, but this suffices.

    There cannot be more than One God. The idea of multiple deities existing is rejected.

    But the fact remains that Christians DO distinguish between Father, Son, and Spirit, and because of this, we cannot help but count the three, add them up, and conclude that these are three distinct gods. Since this is not possible, and God must be One, then the trinity simply doesn't work. Either you're monotheistic, and you don't believe that God manifests in three separate roles, or you're a polytheist trying to convince himself that he's a monotheist. But when I mention Jesus, you have one distinct concept of a god in mind; namely, the one who was flesh and bones, and walked the Earth some 2000 years ago. You don't think of the Spirit or the Father. So your own mind disproves your claim (of being a monotheist). That's my take on the matter.

    July 10, 2021 at 12:01 am Reply
  3. Bill Robel

    Wearing a t shirt exhorting Thor while expressing an opinion about God is counter productive, You can't worship 2 Gods, so which one do you choose,

    July 10, 2021 at 12:01 am Reply

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