Blind Faith

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We live by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)

This is just plain scary. Don’t get me wrong; faith is a swell thing when it comes to things like God, heaven, prayer, angels, congress, health care, and other stuff that has no connection with reality. But when you’re talking genuine hard core in your face wake up and smell the coffee REALITY, the faith thing can get a little shaky.

According to the Bible, faith is believing in what’s not there. If something is really there, then faith has nothing to do with it. Faith only works when what you believe in isn’t really there. That’s what makes faith faith. Otherwise it would be reality, which is not even close to a religious issue. Faith and reality don’t go together at all. There is a wall of separation between them, kind of like church and state, ying and yang, or Sonny and Cher.

Belief is a big deal in the Bible. This is probably because God is the biggest thing not there that is. In fact, without belief, you can’t even get to God. Again, the Bible is specific about this. It says that “anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists.” In other words, to get to God you have to believe he’s there. If you don’t believe he’s there then you can’t get to him. This seems like a self-fulfilling prophecy, if you ask me. If I applied that to something else, say, a pink elephant, I could find that pink elephant anywhere I decided to believe he was. (I tried it with Angelina Jolie on night but I don’t think I believed hard enough.) Anyway, you can see how this might be a problem. The Bible nips this issue in the bud by sending anybody who doesn’t believe only in God straight to hell.

From God’s point of view, faith is absolutely necessary. Unlike  a human who can get along just dealing with reality (food, traffic jams, and electric bills, etc.), God has to have faith in order to exist at all. If humans stop believing in him he’ll have no choice but to not exist. This would be a major bummer for him since he’s put so much work into the universe. But even if one person believes in him he can stick around. That’s one of the values of theology. If you think about it, seminaries are a kind of job security for God.

On the whole, faith is relatively harmless. It makes God possible, for one thing, which is what gives religion a reason to be religious. Faith also means that we aren’t limited to reality. By faith we can even ignore reality altogether if we want to. This is a plus for poor and sick people as well as for people who lived through the sixties.

This brings me, finally, to atheists. Atheists don’t believe in God. Why? Because, they say, he’s not there. They don’t want to believe in something that’s not there. Well, that’s exactly their problem. If they would just believe, they’d end up with God. Done deal. Why do people have to make things so complicated?

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4 Responses

  1. I’m sorry Fred, but I just have to bite at this one.

    Are you actually suggesting that we’re better off making the conscious decision to live in a delusion for the sake of comfort? Or when you say, “If they would just believe, they’d end up with God”, are you saying God can only dwell in our imagination?

    If that’s the case Fred, of what use is this God aside from feeling good on occasion – or – what does this make-believe entity bring to the table that I couldn’t get from Alcahol or drugs?

    You said: “Why do people have to make things so complicated?”

    As an atheist, I can assure you, I’ve never accused religion of being complicated. 😉

    • Sorry Trev, I simply cannot be held responsible for what I mean.

      • Fair enough; then who is?

  2. Faith is believing in what we cannot see, not in what is not there.

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