Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Reason vs. Belief

One thing Christians must never fall into saying is that we don't need science, or proofs, we have faith. As if the idea of faith is in direct contradiction to the intellectual faculties we are given, and if the going gets tough in a debate we can always rely on, 'you can't tell me what to think, I am going to go on believing despite your best evidence' to bail us out.
Thats the tone that atheists and unbelievers take, no matter how irrefutable or persuasive the point, they will not let their will change their mind. We have no business trying to convence people while we have a closed and frightened mind. We have been redeemed and liberated from that kind of bondage! That is exactly the kind of attitude that got man where he is in the first place, that ultimate rebellion deep down which refuses to square with facts.
Faith is not what happens when you are out of options. Faith and reason are not mutually exclusive. If they were then faith and irrationality would be partners, "Oh I know Satan is trying to destroy me but I have faith that he won't. Or if he does then he won't." In the final analysis there is no faith without reason. Praise the Lord for that, and be transformed by the renewing of your minds.

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