This graphic, posted on an Internet Atheism community, certainly states an opinion very strongly. But exactly what is the creator of this ‘billboard’ raving about?
Wikipedia defines faith as “confidence or trust in a person, thing, deity or in the doctrines or teachings of a religion or view (e.g. having strong political faith). The word faith is often used as a synonym for hope, trust or belief.”
Does this sound like something worth throwing your time and energy into opposing? It certainly doesn’t to me.
But what about being gullible, having an absence of reason, etc.? Well consider this: I came to faith in Jesus Christ — whom serious Christians, and many others, believe is the divine son of God — at age 42, after reading many “religious” books from variety of perspectives, thinking long and hard about what I believed in and why, and having challenging conversations with several Christians.
But if you are to believe everything in this graphic, then after all my deliberation, I made a choice to become gullible. I decided to throw away reason. Become dishonest and blind myself (to what, I’m not sure).
Are you really buying this?
I can imagine some opponents of faith saying it’s what people of faith do that’s so wrong, especially when they use their faith to back up their actions.
On this point, we absolutely agree. There’s nothing more wrong than blowing up a skyscraper, denying rights to women or bombing abortion clinics in the name of faith. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
That said, here’s a question for you: should all faith be detested because of the crazed actions of a fanatical few? I know how many angry, hardened atheist people would answer, but what about YOU?
Like it or not, it seems to me, faith is mixed into the fabric of our lives.
- We place our faith in doctors without knowing if (or how often) they’ve been sued for malpractice.
- We go on airplane trips, trusting in mechanics and safety inspectors (who are every bit as imperfect as you and me) to ensure the plane is safe.
- We drive our vehicles over bridges every day, placing our faith in nothing more than steel, concrete and rebar, plus annual government inspections.
So, if you really want to detest faith, then you better not leave the house again. In fact, maybe you shouldn’t even live in a house. Despite all the building codes designed to ensure it was built to last, who knows when it could fall in on you?
My faith in Christ means that without seeing him, I know that he lived, died and came back to life – all for the benefit of people who believe in Him and trust Him with their lives.
Does this sound crazy? In the Bible, Jesus addresses that very question when, after his resurrection, he permitted a doubting follower named Thomas to touch the wounds of his crucifixion.
“So, you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes,” Jesus told Thomas. “Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing.”
Do you want those blessings? Post your thoughts below and let’s have a conversation.