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Intelligent Faith | Misconceptions


Like so many other people, I did believe
that the Christian faith was a blind faith, but after becoming a Christian, and studying what
Christ taught and the Bible teaches, I realized this: the heart cannot rejoice in what the mind rejects. God has given us a mind to know Him, a
heart to love Him, and a will to choose Him, and all three need to be operational, the mind, the heart, and the
will, in a maximum relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We live in a contingent universe, and in a contingent universe, it’s pretty hard to prove
anything 100 percent. It can even be difficult in math; and yet because you cannot prove it 100
percent, does not mean you don’t check it out. For example, a lot of people say, “Well, it’s just credulity.” and I’ll say “Faith, yes. Credulity, absolutely not.” Now, what is credulity? Credulity means to be gullible, undiscerning,
unreasonable. Faith, yes. Credulity, absolutely not. It’s like in flying an airplane. Let’s say you’re a pilot and you go out, it’s been a while since you have flown, your plane is pulled out of the hanger. You don’t just get in the plane without checking the tires, checking
the gas, anything else, just turn it on start it up and take off. That’s pure ignorance and that’s operating
by a blind faith. What does a pilot do? He goes out there: he checks the tires, he checks the rudder, the wings, he checks the gas, he runs a pressure
check, he goes through all of his checklists and then when it’s all cleared, then he takes off. Flying an airplane is similar to Christianity.
I had to check out all the truth about it; so faith yes, credulity, absolutely not. It is an intelligent faith which means
believing with reliable evidence. Not credulity, believing without any evidence or going contrary to truth. A nonbeliever said to me “It didn’t make any difference
what is believed, as long as you sincerely believed it.” That goes against everything that is taught
in the scriptures and the Christian faith. It is an intelligent faith.

Otis Rodgers

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2 COMMENTS

  1. wmarclocher Posted on August 7, 2016 at 3:37 am

    So what would be and example of where your 'preflight' checks for ones faith would fail? In other words what conditions would need to be in place to know if your faith was false? Say, I'm a Christian who believes Jesus is God and died for my sins and was resurrected and I commit myself to him and have faith I am 'saved'. I also have a Muslim friend who has faith that Allah is one (not the trinity) and that although Jesus was a prophet (not God) he was not as great a prophet as Mohammed was. Also he believes that Jesus did not die on the cross (because Allah would not allow one of his greater prophets to die in such a was), but instead had a devote follower take Jesus place on the cross. Now my Muslim friend is just as certain in their belief as I am in my Christian belief. Now, what measure or objective evidence could we use to find out which one of our faiths was true and which one was false. Also what conditions would need to be in place for a Christian to come to the conclusion that their faith is false? – thank-you for considering my question, it doesn't look like you have comments as viewable, so I'm not quite sure how you can get an answer to me.

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  2. Lars Christian Alm Posted on August 7, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Is it impossible to prove 100% that 2+2=4?

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