FAITH IS NOT JUST A FEELING
“Faith ultimately can’t be argued; it has to be felt. Hopefully you can still feel your faith fully and let your mind have a logical life of its own and they do not defy each other, but compliment each other. Because, logic itself, I don’t think, for me, and Aquinas might say differently, will not lead me to god. But my love of the world and my gratitude toward it will. So, hopefully I can use my mind to make my jokes and not deny my love for god at the same time.” Stephen Colbert
With all due respect Stephen, I disagree and so does the Bible. Faith is not just a feeling to be separated from the mind of logic.
I often tell my church from the pulpit that the Christian faith does not ask us to check our brain at the door. It is not a faith without footing. Peter put it this way in 2Peter 1:16 "For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty."
John reminds us of the sureness of our faith in 1John 1:1-4 "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life - the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us - that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full."
Ours is a faith built on facts, fulfilled prophecies and a risen Savior all of which have been handed down through eyewitness accounts and preserved by God through faithful men found in the Bible.
Paul reminds us that even creation itself leaves man with out an excuse to disobey the reality of a Holy God in their lives - Romans 1:18-21 "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened."
The idea that intellect or logic is not in sync with our faith is not what the bible teaches us at all. Listen to the words of the Lord Spoken to us by the Prophet Isaiah 1:16-20 "Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow."Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword"; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
God says to us "Come now, let us reason together". Biblical faith is not a mindless one. It is not void of logic. It is not just a feeling. In fact, the bible tells us that our heart (that is the seat of our feelings) is not a trustworthy source for direction at all (Jeremiah 17:9).
Faith is not just a feeling. It is built on a conviction that something is true. Jesus rose from the dead. He is the cornerstone of our faith and the bedrock upon which we stand. To seek to separate faith and the mind of logic is to reject the validity of the Christian Faith and is not just wrong but is dangerous. This idea stems from a moral relativist world view and legitimizes any faith just as long as it is sincere. You can be sincere in your faith and be sincerely wrong.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.