The inconsistent requirement of faith

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Why is it that some are given ample, miraculous evidence to believe, while others are required to have faith without evidence? That is what I mean by the inconsistent requirement of faith. Every important figure in the bible received some sort of faith-abrogating sign from god that removed any doubt about whom they were dealing with and what they should do about it. From Abraham to the lowliest follower of Jesus, people were inundated with signs and wonders acted directly on them, or in their presence. These people could choose to follow or not follow God. But they didn’t have to deal with the paralyzing decision to believe or disbelieve in his existence.

It does not end there. Every other believer seems convinced that they, themselves, have experienced a miracle of some kind or other. They have been healed. They have heard his voice. They have received supernatural guidance. They have seen a vision or dreamed a dream. Their bowl of cereal told them in no uncertain terms that Jesus loves them. They have had some sort of experience that makes it very clear that God is real, and active and their lives. Let’s just pretend that all of those experiences are legitimate. Why should they receive confirmation of God’s presence while others such as me must be content to believe without a shred of empirical or experiential evidence?

If Moses can receive a special visitation from God, where’s my visitation? Where’s my vision? Where are the holy voices in my head? Where’s my healing? Where’s my magic power? It seems to me that those who have received some sort of confirming experience have no right to preach to anyone about faith without sight. That is like a married man with twelve children and 72 virgin mistresses, preaching about fidelity and celibacy. By what right do any of the biblical authors demand faith without sight?

Had I been chosen to receive this special dispensation of experience so freely given to others, I would possibly still be on the side of the angels. Since it is clear that I am required to believe in that which I cannot experience, then I have little choice but to end up where I am. I have no desire to worship a god who requires some to have blind faith, while giving his favorites a peek behind the curtain.

David Johnson


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