People who believe by blind faith are, of all people, most to be pitied

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Don’t look at me, I didn’t say it, Paul did.

“But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.”

1 Corinthians 15:12-19

See what Paul said there? “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is worthless, and so is our faith…we are of all people most to be pitied”

What Paul is talking about is certainty, not worthless blind faith in something we don’t, with every fiber of our beings, believe actually happened.

The Bible doesn’t speak of blind leaps of faith, hope against hope faith, I hope it’s true but I’m really not sure faith, religious wishful thinking faith, faith that is contrary to facts, or faith that might be true for me but not for you.

If you are willing to be honest, you’ll find that Christianity is overall more consistent with evidence and logic than any other worldview.

On that we can be as certain as Paul was.

Here are some more thoughts on biblical certainty from John Frame via Pastor Jim over at The Domain For Truth

The question also arises in the religious context: can we know God with certainty? The Bible often tells us that Christians can, should, and do know God and the truths of revelation (Matt. 9:6, 11:27, 13:11, John 7:17,8:32, 10:4-5, 14:17, 17:3, many other passages). Such passages present this knowledge, not as something tentative, but as a firm basis for life and hope.

Scripture uses the language of certainty more sparingly, but that is also present. Luke wants his correspondent Theophilus to know the ‘certainty’ (asphaleia) of the things he has been taught (Luke 1:4) and the ‘proofs’ (tekmeria) by which Jesus showed himself alive after his death (Acts 1:3). The centurion at the cross says ‘Certainly (ontos) this man was innocent’ (Luke 23:47, ESV).

The letter to the Hebrews says that God made a promise to Abraham, swearing by himself, for there was no one greater (6:13). So God both made a promise and confirmed it with an oath, ‘two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie’ (verse 18). This is ‘a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul’ (verse 19). Similarly Paul (2 Tim. 3:16-17) and Peter (2 Pet. 1:19-21) speak of Scripture as God’s own words, which provide sure guidance in a world where false teaching abounds. God’s special revelation is certain, and we ought to be certain about it.

Be certain people, don’t go to your grave full of doubt.

“…for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.”

– James 1:6

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4 replies

  1. James you have fallen from Grace

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  2. Thank you for sharing that quote from a past post! I pray the Lord would use it to make people think and consider the truth

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