There is a saying that love is blind and lovers cannot see. Do you agree with that?
The real meaning of love is “A strong feeling of personal affection, care, and desire for the well-being of others.” It is a primary characteristic of God’s nature (1 John 4:8)
If you are only physically attracted to your opposite sex it is not love it is called lust. Real love involves knowing the person for who he is or who she is. You need to know the good and the bad characteristics of that person. Real love is not easy it takes time to develop.
What about faith is there a blind faith? Yes, there is a blind faith. The dictionary says, blind faith is a faith without true understanding. It means blind faith has no basis or no foundation.
Example: There are Christian believers believe or claim to have faith in God, that when they die, they will go to heaven. And when you ask, “How?” They will say, “we don’t know but we are sure we will go to heaven.” That is a blind faith. If somebody ask you why you go to church? What is your purpose of going to church? Are you not just wasting your time? What would be your response? If you say “I don’t know” is it a good response?
If you worship a god, it might be a wooden image, a person, money, a spirit, or whatever, you should have a valid reason or proof that a god you worship is really the God, the creator of heaven and earth who has the power to raise/resurrect the dead, otherwise, your worship is in vain.
Again, our faith is blind if we have no real understanding, no basis or foundation. If our faith is blind, we could not fulfill, God’s Great Commission in Matthew 28, which is to share the good news of salvation. As Christians the foundation or basis of our faith is the word of God – the Bible. We need to study the Bible and understand clearly God’s promises to us.
Apostles Peter in, 1 Peter 3:15 say, “”But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you…”
Peter simply says, that as a believer we should be able to explain clearly to those who ask why we believe what we believe as Christians. Or to give a defense when someone attack or criticize our faith in Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 2:8-9 New King James Version
“For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God not of works lest anyone should boast.”
If our salvation is not of our work, but through faith – that is the gift of God, is it not important for us to know who God is? Can we just trust our life and salvation to a god we do not know?
You cannot trust a person even your parent that you do not know personally. Example: when you were a baby, your parents abandoned you. You were given to adoption. When you were a ten ager your biological father (real father) came to you and inviting you to live with him.
This is the first time you saw your real father for when you were given to adoption you were still a baby. Do you trust your father to live with him? No! Why? Because you do not know him, probably you know him just his name. You do not know his character and attitude, because you do not have any personal relationship with him except a blood relationship. Whereas, your adopted parents, they have been kind and loving to you.
Similarly, you may know the name of our Lord and Savior – Jesus Christ, but if you do not have a personal relationship with Him you could not genuinely trust Him. No genuine trust; no genuine faith; no salvation, because we are saved by grace through faith (genuine faith) in Jesus Christ.
Real Faith is The Product of Thinking
Jeremiah 29:13 says, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”
What Jeremiah is saying, real faith involves reasoning, remembering, and researching or study.
Real faith is hard work. We have to do our part to understand what God is promising, grasp the conditions of those promises, review the evidence of God’s faithfulness in the past, and hold on to our convictions about this, regardless of our changeable feelings.
Real Faith Involves Three Key Ingredients
Faith is the basis of all our relationships with one another and with God. In marriage, we pledge faithfulness – our fidelity – to one person. Committing adultery is therefore called infidelity.
Business is based on trust – two parties make an agreement and pledge that each party would meet various obligations.
In cases of both marriage and business, there are three key ingredients of faith that are also true in our relationship with God:
1.Knowledge: The specific details of the agreement God chose to communicate with us through words (the Bible). “In the beginning was the Word” (John 1:1), begins the gospel of John. The knowledge of the Lord is the information God allowed to come into the earth. That knowledge is the bedrock of our faith.
When your parents always fulfill their promises to you and when they promise you to buy you a car, after your graduation from university you will believe them without seeing the car. The basis of your faith is your parents’ promise. This knowledge of God is not only on in the Scriptures (Bible) but also throughout nature:
Psalms 19:1-4 (NIV): “The heavens declare the glory of God: the skies proclaims the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”
God wants us to have knowledge of Him. This knowledge comes not only through Scripture, but through the evidence exhibited in the world He created, so that we have no excuse of not knowing Him. (Romans 1:20).
2.Assent or consent: Willingness to enter into a contract
This assent or consent is the product of reason. Having considered the promises and weighed the reality of the evidence to support the specific claim, then we are to agree as a result of thinking and considering a matter.
The aspect of assent (consent) is critical in that God has given man the right to choose freely, therefore this choice must be sincere and without pressure. God doesn’t want us to do something against our will. We, therefore, must desire to know Him and have a relationship with Him.
Moses says in Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV):
“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”
When Moses said, “Choose life” we are given freedom to decide not by force.
3.Trust: belief that both parties will do what they say they’ll do. This trust is not blind. It is based on knowledge and evidence that demonstrate the person making the promise is trustworthy. How important is trust to God? It is the ultimate sign of real faith in Him. Jesus said in John 14:1 (NIV):
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me
The Scripture is filled with praises to God for His faithfulness and trustworthiness.
Psalm 9:10: “Those who know your name will trust you, for you, Lord never forsaken those who seek you”.
Trust is the most important ingredient in building a relationship. This is true not only between people but in a relationship with God as well. If you always make promises and you will not do it without any valid reason (sickness or other emergencies) like: you forgot or just busy, you will lose your credulity. People will not trust you anymore. What is worse, because you lose your credibility, when you share the gospel to them, they don’t believe you.
When you claim to be a Christian and you cannot be trusted on your words, first you are a liar and above all you commit a sin of blasphemy (using the name of the Lord in vain) for you are using the word “Christian” (Christ) and yet you are not trustworthy.
When God makes promises He always fulfill them. The only remaining promise that is not yet fulfilled is the second coming of Jesus. That would be the judgment day and the end of this sinful world.
As Christians do not make any promise if you know you cannot fulfill it. If you cannot fulfill it because of a valid reason, call the person whom you made the promise wherever possible.
When your faith is solidly rooted in the Bible the pillar of Christians’ faith in God, your focus on God would not be distracted regardless of trials and temptations that would come to your way, for God would sustain your faith.
Jesus said in Matthew 28:20, “…And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
The apostles did not have a complete picture of God’s plan of salvation. The reason Jesus stayed for 40 days after His resurrection before going to heaven for the Apostles to fully understand God’s plan of salvation.
To strengthen our faith in God we need to study the Bible more and know God more, for the more we know God, the more we know how loving and caring He is.
Real faith is based on the foundation of truth … and therefore real faith is not blind for it is the result of reasoning, remembering, research and study. Real faith is hard work. Look at again the following passage:
Jeremiah 29:13 says:
“You will seek me and find me when you seek with all your heart.”
Since Real Faith in God is not blind, the only way we can have a Real Faith in God is when we seek God with all our hearts. When we have real faith in God, we will love God with all our hearts, mind, soul and strength.
Adam Aspilla is an Executive Director of Word Became Flesh Ministries (WBFM) a non-denominational Christian church. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) from University of the East, Manila Philippines, studied law in the same university, and has a Master of Divinity (MDiv.) from Tyndale University & Seminary, in Toronto, Canada. He also operates the Debt Clinic of Canada Inc., and author of the books: “You Can Negotiate All Your Debts” and “51 Frequently Asked Bible Questions.” He also writes a column on “Personal Finance” in this paper. WBFM is at 1180 Unit 1 Mid-Way Blvd. Mississauga ON. Website: www. wbfmfamily.com and Telephone:905-565-8934.