Many people claim to believe in, and follow, the Bible, and to be Christians. However, some of these same people claim that doing so requires no human reasoning or logic. “I walk by faith,” they would likely say. Of course, walking “by faith” (2 Cor. 5:7; cf. Hab. 2:4) is what one should do, at least according to what that Biblical expression actually means.
But you won’t find a definition for Biblical faith in an English dictionary. Instead, you’ll find the world’s definition of some concept utterly foreign to the Bible and Christianity, which the world has called “faith”—for it “is foolishness to those who are perishing” (1 Cor. 1:18).
In truth, however, to believe in something despite the lack of evidence is neither rational nor Biblical. God has never asked man to believe in, or to believe, anything for which He has not provided substantial evidence. Instead, He provided the evidence, and He expects man to gather and examine that evidence.
God has never asked man to believe in, or to believe, anything for which He has not provided substantial evidence.
In order to examine this evidence, however, one must employ objective logic and reasoning. After all, those abilities were gifts given to man directly by God, Himself.
God had a reason for giving man the gift of reason: He expects us to use it—even (especially) when it comes to “handling aright the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15); for without objective logic and sound reasoning, it is impossible to “understand what the will of the Lord is” (Eph. 5:17).