The intricacies of today’s world require faith in many different dimensions. Few know the intricate working of an engine and yet will ride in a vehicle that is powered by mixing gasoline, fire, and air together to make explosions. If you were to contemplate this, you might not so eagerly jump into a car for transportation. Even though you might not understand engines, your faith is not blind. You are trusting in some unseen, unknown force (an engineer, safety protocols of a manufacturer, or personal experience) to protect you from erupting into a ball of fire.
Often, the Christian faith tells you that there are some things you must accept as “blind faith”. The intended meaning is that you must believe without any intellectual reasoning or substance. In this colloquialism, the meaning of blind is evident, but what is misunderstood is faith.
What is faith? What does it mean? Is faith in an unseen God truly blind?
For the answer to this question, let’s look at a familiar definition from scripture:
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Here, You can see that true faith is not without substance or evidence. Its very nature is rooted in a tangible reality. As the author of Hebrews continues to unfold the truth concerning faith, you find that true faith must have an object. A person cannot have faith alone or blindly, but faith must be placed in something or someone. Not only this, the object or person that faith is placed in must be trustworthy and reliable. It is easier to have faith that a brand new ferrari will not blow up when the owner is sitting in the front seat than when someone gives you the keys to a junky jalopy and quickly backs away from it.
The question remains: Does a Christian have blind faith? Who or what is their faith truly in?
Many do not realize that the book of Revelation is the revelation of Jesus as defined in the first verse. Interestingly, John’s first description of Jesus is “the faithful witness” (Vs. 5).
Later, as Jesus returns to earth, you see a similar description:
Revelation 19:11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
Jesus is Faithful!!! This means He is full of faith and worthy of your faith. Faith is never blind when it is placed in God whose character and nature literally define it. Faith is a sure thing that you can hold onto because you are holding on to the perfect revelation of God the Father, Jesus Christ. Jesus was the evidence that came to earth that we could be a part of an Eternal Kingdom of light, life, and goodness.
Surely, blind faith is real, but that is not your faith. Your faith is in the substance of a Holy God that cannot go against His own character. Every promise He has ever made, He will keep. He cannot break His Word. Jesus is The Word of God embodied, and therefore, is unbreakable, unmistakable faith. Jesus is Faithful and True. Blind faith is the faith that comes from turning your eyes to any person or thing besides Jesus, Himself. Never let anyone tell you that you have blind faith when you have the definition and embodiment of faith literally sustaining your very life for all of eternity.
2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.
Jeremiah, Man on Fire