Friday Minute: Out of darkness into the light — the gift of agency

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  • PhillyChief BEVERLY HILLS, CA
    Sept. 17, 2011 8:27 a.m.

    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.

  • PhillyChief BEVERLY HILLS, CA
    Sept. 17, 2011 8:18 a.m.

    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.

  • donn layton, UT
    Sept. 16, 2011 2:35 p.m.

    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.