Update of yesterday’s post: Chad, from Eternal Revolution, wrote, “it is important for all parties to realize it is not a blind faith.” He cites Acts 17, where Paul uses reasoning and logic to convince people of Christ’s authenticity.
My statement about faith is, of course, not meant to taken as an absolute and “blind” faith. It is based on two great things: The Holy Spirit’s working in me, and God’s Scriptures. But let’s consider Scripture from the point of view of the unbeliever. They are just a man-made book to him. My view of Scripture is as put forward in the Baptist Faith and Message:
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.
Boring down to the root of the issue, our logic, our reasoning, is grounded in our belief that Scripture is true.
To recap, my belief that my Savior lives, my knowledge of this fact, is based on two things denied by an atheist: The existence of the Holy Spirit, and the inerrancy of Scripture. In logic, a conclusion derived from an unproven hypothesis is not necessarily true. It isn’t necessarily false, but it would not be possible to prove it true.
In other words, my belief in my Savior might still be true, even if there were no Holy Spirit, even if Scripture were not true. But absent those beliefs, it’s not possible to prove it.
There. I trotted out my left-brain for an outing. One plus one does, indeed, equal two. One plus I-don’t-know-how-much equals I-don’t-know.
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