What is Faith?

The Bible says “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Noah Webster, in Websters Dictionary defines faith as “Loyalty or allegiance to a cause or a person; …” (one of the definitions).

Blind faith is a belief in something for which there is no evidence. For example, some people believe in Santa Claus without any evidence to support that belief. Blind faith is a bad kind of faith. Each of us was created (or evolved) to have a mind, enabling us to think critically. One can examine an idea, look for evidence to support the idea, and look for evidence that shows the idea is flawed and false. Based on this analysis one can intelligently decide to have faith in the idea or reject the idea.

A belief in a God is a form of faith. For some, it is blind, in that they have never done any critical thinking, never looked at evidence for or against the existence of God. A belief in evolution is a faith. Again, for some, for most, it is a blind faith. Most have never seriously researched the theories of evolution, never read books that use scientific evidence to support evolution, and equally important, have never read books that refute, deny the theory of evolution and back up the denial with scientific evidence. Thus most people have a blind faith in evolution.

In the Bible a group of people called the Bereans were commended for the use of their intelligence. They were told ideas about God and they did research, they studied the Bible to see if these ideas were consistent with what the Bible said (Acts 17:11). Likewise, all people should read, learn, research and think about their faith in whatever they believe. What a person believes has a great impact on how that person lives their life. Each of us should live our lives based on evidence leading to an understanding of the truth, not blind faith.

The Museum of Natural Science and History seeks to present scientific and historical evidence, present theories that fit with the evidence, and thus open people’s minds to discover the truth and hopefully live their lives thereafter based on that truth, and not blind faith.