Why do I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?
The very Son of God with capital S: Indeed a quite remarkable claim to make about oneself! And to believe on such a claim — made two thousand years ago! — is that…insanity?
Faith is beauty. It is a great quality that we as human beings possess. As I see it, faith is the term we coin for inductive behavior. We all have faith that all tables will behave as tables and that they will continue to do so. We believe that if yesterday existed, then there is going to be a tomorrow. We all faithfully believe that we exist. We are also quite certain that all of us see more or less the same world around us, and that if Newton’s laws of motion apply in one inertial frame of reference they apply in them all. We have faith in these postulates because we have tested them and found them to hold true every time we tested them. Hence we induce it will also be true next time we check it. So and so forth we can coin the terms faith, belief and trust. You can’t prove that since the laws of physics worked yesterday, they will also work tomorrow. At some point you need to invoke an element (or a thousand) of faith. Faith is beautiful. It functions as a bridge over all those gaps and traps a computer built on pure logic would so easily have fallen into. The ability to induce, trust and believe on the available evidence. Faith is desirable.
There is one specific use of the term faith that has come to dominate our allusions with it. Faith and belief is often taken to refer to religious faith; belief in the supernatural. “What do you believe in?” is automatically inferred to refer to a persons belief or lack of such in the supernatural or divine realms. It is in this latter understanding that I will use the term. For some twenty years now, I have believed there to be a God beyond the four dimensions by which most of us seem to be confined. I have had a hard time understanding how others — most others, actually — evidently lack that belief. Some more or less completely. How can that be?
Is it just me that due to background, upbringing and a disposed personality have come to believe? Is my belief such that it will fall upon thorough assessment of the available evidence? If the truth truly is the truth, then truly there can be no danger in putting it to the test.
I think many — presumably most — people don’t care enough to actually do the work it takes to establish the truth for themselves. I didn’t say people don’t decide for them selves, what they want the truth to be (because, unfortunately they seem to be willing to do just that!), but I wish to see they search, research and finally establish the true truth for themselves based on the available evidence. It is always easier to just wash down the aqueduct with the water flow. But that will never let you find the source of the flow. Rather you will end up in the gutter, where the water goes down.
Below you will find resources that I gather — or compose — on the topic of faith. Faith is beautiful. Not blind faith. Who talks about that but the skeptics anyway?
The definition the letter to the Hebrews in the Bible gives on faith is
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see.
Different translations read differently, but they all seem to agree that there is an element of certainty involved. Now, I would take that to mean that faith is not blind — per above stated definition. Faith is to be certain. Blind faith, on the other hand, I believe, is taken to refer to something you hold on to despite the lack of evidence. Since you can’t be sure about something that completely lacks evidence (you can tell others that you are sure, but fact is you are not), it means that faith is per definition not blind. Certainly the more right questions to ask would be why a believer is certain. Why are you sure about Jesus being the Son of God, or that Muhammad was a true prophet from Allah? What is your evidence? Or perhaps; What evidence is lacking among the overwhelming amount of information and structure out there, since you as an agnostic say we cannot know? Because that is also a statistical significant 😉 question for the ether;
Given the available amount of information in the universe; what is the natural standpoint concerning a creator? That he does, or that he does not exist? Or perhaps the rather contraintuitive claim that there is no way to say?
Back to the business of faith; how come faith is not blind if it invokes being convinced of something you don’t see? I can see somebody asking that with a tricky smile on their face. My answer would be that they miss the point. Believing in something unseen, isn’t the same as believing blindly. Faith is still not blind, but it concerns things unseen. Nobody sees “tomorrow”, but still all of us have faith in it on the basis of all the available evidence: All the yesterdays and the today. It seems reasonable to believe that a tomorrow will come. If you define that as blind faith, then fine — we all have blind faith, and there is no way around that– but otherwise: In just the same way: Based on the available evidence, a believer in Christ claims to be no less certain about an eternity with Christ awaiting yonder, than the certainty with which you await a tomorrow. What this his evidence is, and whether it holds, is a rather different question, but as long as it makes a claim reasonable for some person, that person’s faith in that same claim is not blind.
The bottom line is for me to get rid of that old, rugged myth that faith is blind. Blind faith is lack of faith. Faith is a necessity. Faith is beautiful, and we all share parts in it.
So; Why do I believe that Jesus truly was the one whom he claimed to be; the Son of God? The links on this page will take you to a diverging range of resources attempting at answering this question; all made available as they are found or produced.