Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Luke 7:19-22

With some context. For the next few days I'd like to cite Scripture that puts the lie to the notion that "faith" is a matter of believing without evidence, as one of the most high profile "new" atheists (Richard Dawkins) likes to say. New Testament faith (the Greek word is pistis) is actually trusting somebody to do something (like relying upon Jesus to save us) or it can also mean a body of truth that is believed on the basis of rational thought. Faith never, ever, means believing without evidence. Or like Mark Twain is alleged to have said: faith is believing something you know ain't so. Well, that ain't so.
Luke 7:20 When the men came to Him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to You, to ask, ‘Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?’” Luke 7:21 At that very time He cured many people of diseases and afflictions and evil spirits; and He gave sight to many who were blind. Luke 7:22 And He answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you have seen and heard: the BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM.
In other words, Jesus said, look at the evidence. Indeed.
p.s. Feel free to disagree or question. Happy to engage.

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