I hear that Christianity is only based on Blind Faith which is believing Christianity without any evidence. Many will say that it’s Unreasonable Faith based on believing in it even though that it conflicts with evidence that contradicts Christianity. Or is it possible that Christianity is based on a Forensic Faith that is believing or trusting something on the foundation of evidence?
This article is to show within the context of how the Bible describes how Christian’s faith should be practiced. The evidence for Christianity is for a different video and I will demonstrate for why I think it’s the most probably and most realistic worldview.
Christianity is Based on a Forensic Faith which is believing in something on the basis of evidence. It’s the best inference to what the evidence points to being true. Atheists will claim not to have faith, but if they believe in unguided evolution, multiple universes, and so on they will ultimately hold a Forensic Faith(if the evidence actually points to these theories) which is not the case. If you think believing in things without evidence, then you probably aren’t rational.
Now the Question is whether the Bible teaches to base our Faith on evidence or to hold Christianity with a forensic Faith. Let’s see what the Bible has to say about making a defense for Christianity and if we have a Faith based on reason which is Forensic Faith.
1 Thessalonians 5:19-21
19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast what is good.
1 John 4:1
1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.
2 Timothy 3:14-15
14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. But these men revile the things which they do not understand; and the things which they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals by these things they are destroyed.
1 Peter 3:15
but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;
2 Corinthians 10:5
We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.
Jude 1:3 Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.
Acts 18:19 They stopped first at the port of Ephesus, where Paul left the others behind. While he was there, he went to the synagogue to reason with the Jews.
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Here are several verses showing Paul and Stephen reasoning with unbelievers, and verses talking about to test other Ideas and see if they are truth. Also to call us to show why Christianity is true. The Bible teaches Faith as a forensic type faith and clearly rules out unreasonable Faith.
Is Blind Faith still an option though based on the verses? I think not, but there is a common verse that people will try to point out that Christianity is based on Blind Faith. Both Christians and Atheists will try point this out either showing that Christianity is irrational or that we must believe without evidence which is not the truth at all.
John 20 24-29
24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas, [d] because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
This is when Thomas is doubting and Jesus say’s blessed are those who have not seen, but yet believe.
While at face value this may seem to be promoting blind faith. All it really shows is that Jesus is okay with those who believe in him and have not seen him. It stills shows that Faith is based on evidence because he appeared to Thomas as evidence that he rose from the Dead to show that even Thomas still would not believe even though this was overwhelming evidence. It actually shows not to have unreasonable Faith because Thomas still was believing that Jesus stilled has not been raised from the dead which would be unreasonable faith because Jesus appeared to all 11 of the disciples and we all know that 11 people cannot hallucinate something at the sometime. Plus, the next verse says this to encourage to have a forensic Faith.
John 20:30 30 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
It shows that Jesus did all the miracles (evidence that he is divine) to show why that you should believe in him on the foundation of evidence.
Christianity encourages to believe on the foundation of evidence for why it is true. Not to believe even if there is contradictory evidence or believe without evidence at all. This is why as Christian Case Makers we must show why Christianity is true and to share our Forensic Faith.
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