Blind faith or living faith?

September 8, 2020 · Print This Article

An old friend of mine got in touch recently. We worked together for most of our twenties and thirties on the south coast before a job move took me up to Leeds and we lost touch for a few years. But as with all old friends it was like we had only seen each other yesterday. We talked about many things, but during the course of our conversation, he –  knowing I was a Christian – mentioned that he had no faith, but wished he had.

So I asked him what he thought about three seemingly random topics: Brexit, global warming and flying. His answers were that he had voted Remain, he believed global warming was caused by us humans, and he couldn’t comment on the flying question as he didn’t understand it.

Then I asked him why he voted Remain? What research had he done, had he read arguments for and against? The answer wasno, not really, but the media and the government seemed to think we should remain, so he just went along with that view.

Next I asked why he believed global warming was caused by the human race? What research had he done, what books had he read? Again the answer was that he had sort of absorbed his opinion from the media.

As for flying, he simply said that he had flown regularly all his life. Why did I ask?

I told him the point of my questions was not to disagree with his opinions, just to prove that he did have faith. He had blind faith, faith that is stronger than my Christian faith.

I pointed out that he actually had more faith than me. This surprised him and he asked why did I think that? I replied that his opinions on Brexit and  global warming were based on what other people had told him. He hadn’t actually proved them for himself. Equally, whenever he got into a plane and flew somewhere, it was blind faith that convinced him he would be safe, that somehow, the plane would stay in the air and he would land at his destination safely.

My comments led him to ask why I believe what I believe, surely that is blind faith too? After all we can’t see God so how do we know God exists?

I explained to him that I had had answers to prayer which proved beyond doubt to me that God exists. It is very difficult to prove to someone else that God exists so I accepted that he may well not believe me or feel inclined to do something about it. But I challenged him to do what I did before I became a Christian. I was 30 years old and going through an extremely difficult personal situation. Having tried everything else, in desperation, I asked God to prove to me that he exists. Beyond any doubt, he did exactly that.

Just as I challenged my old friend, I challenge you. Whether you have some kind of belief or none at all, ask God to reveal himself to you, to prove to you that he exists. I don’t know how God will prove to you that he exists, I just believe that he will. All I know is it is a decision I have never regretted and neither will you. So what have you got to lose?

Keith Hartrick

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