The problem of faith 1


 

 Heb 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

 

Romans 8:24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

Circular logic?

Or a leap of faith as the only way to the truth?

Or – is it always true, no matter what we think?

 

Think about it – before leaping to a decision.

 

Here’s the thing – if you reject the Bible – the question actually becomes moot, because the assumptions are also rejected.  If that’s where you’re at, and have no desire to examine further – that’s OK.  But guess what.  It’s still true.  Because if you don’t believe in God, you have faith that He doesn’t exist.  And your reward will be appropriately based on that.  
Again – think about it before rejecting the logic.  
If there is a Heaven, you won’t be there, for the very reason stated above – because you have faith that it doesn’t exist, and so you won’t see it, even if it does exist.  Even after you die.  You get what you believe to be true.
If there’s not a Heaven – you still won’t be there, because your faith will have kept you from believing in something that doesn’t exist.  You still get what you believe to be true.

By the same token – if you accept the Bible – then there is some risk involved.
If there is a Heaven – you will be there, because your faith led you to believe in something that does exist.  And you get what you believed to be true.
However – if there’s not a Heaven – your faith led you down a path that turned out not to be true.  And you won’t get what you thought was true.

It’s weird – logical / “no risk” / guaranteed way to get what you want – is to not believe in God.
But the proposition with the risk is to believe in God.
I guess that’s why it’s called faith.  It takes risk to believe in something you can’t see.

 

 


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  • Stan Nishikubo

    Perhaps it is helpful to look at cost of faith. To not believe in heaven and then be wrong results in eternal suffering. To believe in heaven and then be wrong results in a moral life on earth and its accompanying legacy.