posted on Mar, 2 2010 @ 09:23 PM
You appear to have blind faith in that statement though there is proof contrary to this.
There is no statement in the bible that faith is belief in things not proven or provable, or lacking any evidence, rather the contrary. As for the
words that are translated to faith they don't convey this thought either but rather the opposite.
There's no blind-faith in that statement at all.
Faith is absolutely the belief in things that's not proven. The fact that you believe in God, despite the fact he hasn't shown himself evident to
you is purely under the banner of faith.
You do not know for a fact that God exist, you only hold the belief he does exist.
The word "faith", translated from the Greek πιστις (pi'stis), was primarily used in the New Testament with the Greek perfect tense and
translates as a noun-verb hybrid; which is not adequately conveyed by the English noun. Pi'stis in the New Testament context is a physical action,
based upon a mental belief and sustained with confidence. Belief, in this context is non-synonymous with faith because, belief primarily conveys the
mental action, thought of confidence, trust, and/or firm persuasion, not the physical act. Depending on the context, the Greek word may also be
understood to mean "faithfulness" or "fidelity" (cf. 1 Thess 3:7; Titus 2:10); indeed, Karl Barth consistently translates "pistis" as "the
faithfulness of God" in his commentary Epistle to the Romans.
Commenting on the function of faith in relation to the covenant of God, the writer of the letter to the Hebrews says, "Now faith is the assurance of
things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen" (Heb 11:1 ESV). Υποστασις (hy-po'sta-sis), translated "assurance" here, commonly
appears in ancient papyrus business documents, conveying the idea that a covenant is an exchange of assurances which guarantees the future transfer of
possessions described in the contract. In view of this, James Hope Moulton and George Milligan suggest the rendering: "Faith is the title deed of
things hoped for" (Vocabulary of the Greek Testament, 1963, p. 660). The Greek word e´leg-khos, rendered "conviction" at Hebrews 11:1 (ESV),
conveys the idea of bringing forth evidence that demonstrates something, particularly something contrary to what appears to be the case. Thereby this
evidence makes clear what has not been discerned before and so refutes what has only appeared to be the case. This evidence for conviction is so
positive or powerful that faith is said to be it. Christian faith, described in these terms, is not synonymous with credulity.
Nothing here says that faith is a belief in something unprovable or lacking any evidence. The common understanding of the Christian doctrine of faith
does not coincide with the meaning of the Greek words used to translate into faith. Not that the Greek or English words themselves don't but the
common understanding of the doctrine doesn't. So in that sense I have no faith in your assessment since you have no proof to back it up. How about
some evidence? You want evidence why not give it when you make assertions?
It seems this passage is ignorant to the distinction between Facts and beliefs. Something is either a fact or it's fiction, there's no "In the
Middle" or any other logic similar to that.
Secondly, you can have all the assurance in the world that you're going to win the lottery, but this assurance doesn't increase your chances of
winning. Considering the possibility that 10,000 other people having the same amount of assurance as you do of winning this lottery, pretty much mean
you're deluding yourself. At the end of the day your "assurance" still hangs under the banner of faith.
The definition of faith is being perverted, and passages like this seem more like a scapegoat for the Christians.
[edit on 2-3-2010 by GrandKitaro777]