I always thought faith didn't require evidence.Ã‚Â Or were you saying that faith is the evidence of things unseen?Ã‚Â
Obviously my first statement wouldn't include the Bible seeing as without the Bible then there would be nothing to base a religion on.
Blind faith is of things that there is "zero" evidence of. If All Christians had blind faith as so many atheist would imply. We would have no Bible. I'll do a thread and prove the Bible is the inspired word of God if you like. But before I do, what would you consider that a book like that should have in it to prove that?
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
What verse three is saying is that the unexplainable under natural laws (things which are seen) is the evidence of things made by things that do not appear (were not made of things which do appear). Like how does matter come from nothing? How does the creation work?
1) Basics of creating a universe? What are the three things science knows is needed to exist before a universe can be created? It's in the very first verse of Genesis.
2) Should it not also know about the things in space even though no one has peered into it yet?
3) Should it know what causes the seasons to exist?
4) Should it know that movement of things around the sun is a standard for passage of time?
These things were not known when the Bible was written. So if the Bible is the inspired word of God, should not knowledge, not known yet, be written in it? And how would someone know these things by themselves? If you woke up everyday in the stone age. How would you know these things, when there is really no way to see how they work or what they did?
Then the Bible names several people in the Bible that did things because of their faith. Then it says:
Hebrews 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
Being pilgrims means that we do not belong here. We have a country in another dimension (Heaven). And if we remain mindful of it, and not deny it. It is ours to live in.
You see part of the covenant with God is not only that we live by faith. But also know that when we do, he prepares us a place in Heaven for doing so.
So what we learn about faith is that God gives us just enough to see so that we can have faith in the rest. Why not show it all? By faith we are saved.
Luke 7:50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
Luke 18:42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.
eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
For if we see all instead of having faith and turn away for one reason or another. then there is no excuse.
Hebrews 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
3 And this will we do, if God permit.
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
The verses above are speaking of people who have seen all that God has to give upon this earth. Even all the gifts of power etc... And for one reason or another they fell away from believing in God. And because there is no more faith to give them (because they seen all their is upon this earth), they become one of the 7 types of people God can no longer save. But, it's by their choice this has happened to them.
So what does all that mean in more simple terms?
1) Having faith is not blind faith. Because God gives us enough to know He is if we want to know. It is not on our terms of how much.
2) Having faith gives us leeway to make mistakes and sometimes fall away. This is because there is more faith left to draw us back to God.
3) To know it all, and see it all (all that can be seen upon this earth concerning God and all His gifts). Leaves one with no excuse (no leeway) should they fall away for one reason or another. For there would be no faith left to draw them back in because there is nothing left to show them. So to save them Christ would have to crawl back on the cross and die again. He only died once for a one time salvation unto those who choose to have faith.
Those who want to know all and see all don't want what is required to become saved and maintain salvation. God does this so that we are safe in our imperfections because we will always have leeway. But fall away once when you knew it all, and there is no leeway and risk losing salvation forever.
Satan knew this. That is why he made men who want to reject God, to come up with an idea that is supposed to totally require things to be testable and see-able (No faith). In this way they could claim: Our evidence of what we believe is better. All the while not understanding that they are being set up with rules and laws specially made to make them reject God at every turn because through what they have been taught. Faith is for the ignorant and uneducated. When they do not realize that faith is actually the way God protects us from falling away from salvation so far we could never return.
Knowing this, God cannot give a person on earth all knowledge unless their faith is extraordinary (rare faith). To do so to those who are not ready would be God working against Himself because He removes the leeway allowed, so that if they fail, they will end up in damnation forever. God's will is that no one should perish. But because of freewill, man can choose to perish anyway. But it won't be of God's doing. It is made clear what we must do. If "we" choose not to, then who's fault is it?