We can never understand the life of faith seen in Scripture and in serious Christian living unless
we drop the idea of faith as a ‘blind leap’ and understand that faith is commitment to action,
often beyond our natural abilities, based upon knowledge of God and God’s ways. The romantic talk of ‘leaping’, to which we in the Western world have become accustomed, actually amounts to ‘leaping’ without faith – that is, with no genuine belief at all. And that is actually what people have in mind today when they speak of a ‘leap of faith’.
– Dallas Willard, Personal Religion, Private Reality
Can true faith ever be ‘blind’? However limited our knowledge is, do we not base our belief on something? Do we trust because we have a button we press that inspires trust? Or do we trust because we know something about the person in whom we put that trust?
Yes, we can have mistaken faith, based on error, misunderstanding or lies – but when these are exposed faith understandably shatters and no longer exists – because the base is taken away. It sees through them.
If faith is described as seeing what is unseen how can it be blind?
Surely faith’s hallmark is sight, not the lack of it?
Have we tried to stretch the vocabulary of faith to fit something else entirely?