Reasonable Faith

It is amazing that religious snake-oil vendors are so successful. How it is that people can be sold the notion that true faith denies or even contradicts the concept of reason? There is no end of sincere people (sincerely mistaken people) whose notion of a faith “better-felt-than-told” is grounded in the Bible. Some have even said: “I wouldn’t take a stack of Bibles for how I feel.” And, therein lies the irony: “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17), meaning, one cannot have Bible faith unless it can be read and understood from the Bible. True, biblical faith, then, does not require that we leave our brain at the door in order to enter the Lord’s church; that has never been God’s message or intention.

Through the prophet Isaiah (again, one cannot miss the irony of a passage anticipating salvation through Jesus’ blood being coupled with right thinking), God said, “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. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it” (Isaiah 1:18-20).

Two things are obvious: (1) your salvation is based on a faith that is logical, reasonable, and intellectual, not an exercise in fanatic, emotional psychosis, and (2) you must do something based upon what you know, not what you feel. In order to respond appropriately to God’s invitation, you will not sit in a faithless stupor, waiting for some religious experience to “bink” you out of the blue to signal your salvation; that kind of response is not biblically acceptable. Therefore, Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion (Hebrews 3:15).

JDS