For any viral video or article that contains any mention of religion, a significant portion of the comments will be from atheists, insulting the intelligence of Christians or making fun of them. Then there will be a few other comments from people insisting that not all Christians believe that stuff, because some Christians are intelligent, logical, scientific-minded people, too. It’s not just on the internet; I also hear a lot of those kinds of remarks in everyday life. Apparently, most people think that rational thought means doubting God and the Bible, or at least certain parts of the Bible. People in general seem to have a mindset that to believe anything requires having proof, and that anything that is not proven is therefore wrong and ridiculous.

The problem with that idea is that once you start demanding absolute proof for everything, you are reduced to believing in nothing. If you think you can’t acknowledge the existence of God without indisputable evidence, how can you take for granted that your senses are infallible or that everything you think you observe in the world around you is real? It doesn’t take much skepticism to come up with quite a lot of everyday examples of situations in which a person’s perceptions are not reliable, such as optical illusions and dreams. As any good science textbook will point out, even scientific  tests and experiments, which so many people tend to trust so fully, can be affected by errors or by unobserved confounding variables. There is no such thing as absolute proof. From that position, you cannot make any logical or rational argument. To draw logical conclusions, one must start with premises that can be assumed to be true; logic cannot exist in a vacuum.

In other words, before logical thought is possible, it is necessary to take something on faith. We could be like Enlightenment philosophers and put our faith in the power of our own minds, disregarding the possibility that maybe we aren’t all-knowing and logically infallible. We could be like so many modern, rational people and put our faith in the power of science and human achievements, disregarding the possibility that maybe other people aren’t all-knowing and logically infallible, either. Or, we could put our faith in the existence of God and the truth of His Word, disregarding the possibility that maybe there’s no such thing as God and that anything that somehow does exist anyway is just a random freak coincidence that doesn’t really make any sense. It doesn’t make a person any more smart or logical to go with either of the first two kinds of faith.

Just sayin’.

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