Is Faith Blind Acceptance of the Bible?

Some people believe that faith is blind acceptance of the Bible without regard to fact or science. However, this is not what the Bible teaches about faith.
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The argument

One common objection against the Bible is that faith in the Bible is based upon blind acceptance of its teachings, rather than upon any good reason or evidence. Therefore, there is no reason to believe that the Bible is true.

The response

What is biblical faith?

This objection uses a definition for "faith" this is not how the Bible defines "faith." This is what Hebrews 11:1 says about faith: "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Notice that there is absolutely nothing here about faith being blind, or not based upon reason.

Merriam-Webster has several definitions of faith, one of which is consistent with what the Bible teaches, and another of which is the definition used by the objector.

  1. belief and trust in and loyalty to God
  2. firm belief in something for which there is no proof

The first definition above is what the Bible teaches about faith. The second definition above is a foreign definition of faith that is imposed upon the Bible and upon Christians.

Is faith based upon reason and evidence?

There is an abundance of reasons and evidence that demonstrate the truth of the Bible, which other Bible Answers articles deal with. We recommend that you explore these articles to gain confidence that the Bible is indeed God's infallible revelation.

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