You could say Peter took a leap of Faith when he jumped out of the boat and began walking on water. Peter, an imperfect man, walked on water like Jesus did” (http://www.godswill-wellness.com/leap-of-faith.html).
Noted scientist and Christian Francis Collins said,
Nobody gets argued all the way into becoming a believer on the sheer basis of logic and reason. That requires a leap of faith.”
“The paradox lies in this,” he wrote. “We can experience presence—one could just as easily say grace—when art approximates the leap of faith, when it dares to place us directly inside an act of discovery. The risk of imagination, like the risk of faith, instills fear in those who believe we can only be saved by rational propositions. But the paradoxical truth is that unless we learn how to live in that risk-taking leap of faith, we will lose touch with the meaning of those propositions.”
His words (who was this guy?) mirrored what I believed and had been unable to explain: that my writing was an act of faith, that imagination itself was belief (http://bit.ly/1F0hOP5).
The web is loaded with sayings on a leap of faith, such as the following:
“Change requires taking a leap of faith.”
“Sometimes your only available means of transportation is a leap of faith”
“Sometimes the greatest distance between two points is a leap of faith.”
When someone is to leap he must certainly do it alone and also be alone in properly understanding that it is an impossibility. … the leap is the decision. ….” (Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments).
If we consult the Christian’s authority on faith, the Bible, I believe we come to a very different conclusion. The Bible asserts that we do not take any sort of leap, but that our faith rests on content, evidence, reality, and an object as rock solid as the world in which we live. Faith cannot be called biblical faith when divorced from any of these.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for…” (Hebrews 11:1)
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11:3).
As we work our way through Hebrews 11, we discover how the author weaves substance and evidence together. God’s past actions give assurance of future hope. Noah lived righteously based on what he knew of God’s activity in the past both in creation and His dealings with his ancestors. God had long faithfulness. He complied with God’s direction to construct an ark, for he knew that God would fulfill His promise of deliverance. God appeared to Abraham and gave him a son. These events led him to conclude that another “city” existed for him and his family (11:9-10). Moses also waited for the Messiah according to the same faith. The prophets knew God’s faithfulness to them and drew confidence in His deliverance.
Faith rested in the God of hope in a future reality. It was not faith in some nebulous nothingness. God acting space and time is evidence for faith. From creation to providence, God strengthened the earliest believers as well as those today. It is not blind or divorced from the real world or teachings without foundation such as what exists in Eastern religions as Buddhism and Confucianism. Faith does not rest in philosophical words that have no relationship to reality, such as platitudes or sayings divorced from the real world. In fact, that which does not exists is not part of reality. It could not come to mind and be conceptualized. Those who take faith as simply isolated from what exists rely on presumption and ignorance. It has its trust in one’s imagination or subjectivity and not in that which exists external to the person. God exists apart from the imagination and the fantasies one conjures up in the mind. He is distinct from the individual and not one with a person. That is pantheism or panentheism, that is God is everything or in everything.
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