As for the argument that once you believe you'll see, ask yourself when such an
argument would be acceptable elsewhere, for anything else. Once you believe you
can fly, you'll see it's true. Once you believe that your missing socks are due
to sock-poaching gnomes, you'll see it's true. Once you believe in Allah, or
Vishnu, or Wakantanka you'll see God is real. If your argument only holds for
what you want and nothing else, that's called special pleading, which is a
logical fallacy.Faith is a dangerous indulgence. It was responsible
for the housing bubble and subsequent burst. It was responsible for supporting
the Iraq invasion, the 9/11 attack, succumbing to scams like the Nigerian email
scam (now with Quadaffi being substituted for the Nigerian prince),
anti-vaccination scares, you name it. The wish to believe what you want without
evidence is strong but irrational and dangerous.
You're actually pulling a sleight of hand trick there with faith. You're
incorrectly labeling trust and decision making as faith, and then showing how if
you use faith there, then it's ok for religious belief. Textbook religious
trickery. Let me elaborate...Your decision on a law school was based
on research. You didn't just (I hope) pull a name out of a hat and prayed that
it'll make you a good lawyer. You trusted the track record and name of the
school and decided. That's not faith. Furthermore, your time taking classes,
studying and preparing for exams is not faith based "steps in the
dark". Hoping for good weather is also not an example of faith. If he made
a decision to do something which could only be done with no rain, with no backup
plan, THEN that would be faith based but simply hoping it doesn't rain isn't.
Riding in the rain or having an outdoor event in the rain sucks. It's normal to
hope that it doesn't rain, but if it does you make do. Again, hoping
is not faith. Evidence and experience based trust is not faith.
When we choose faith, Gods loving caress leads us "out of darkness, into
his marvellous light" (1 Peter 2:9). In context, But you are a CHOSEN
people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, Gods special possession, that you may
declare the praises of him WHO CALLED you(Christians) out of darkness into his
wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9 NIV).God choose Christians for
salvation, but we do have free will to choose things in life.