Faith vs. Sight

while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

(2 Corinthians 4:18) NKJV

Faith and sight are opposites, like light and darkness, good and evil. When you have one you don’t need the other, and vice versa. We also use them as concepts in a unified theory of everything.

StateUsageConceptConditionScientific
Visibleseensighttemporaryempirical
Invisiblenot seenfaitheternaltheoretical
– Synonyms and Conditions of Visible and Invisible.

Faith isn’t well understood as you can see from the current definition of faith in common use on social media by atheist science trolls (ASTs) and scientifically illiterate science worshipers (SISWs).

Faith is belief without evidence.

– Popular science propaganda

The problem with this pseudo-definition is that we all have exactly the same evidence. Regardless of what you believe about science or the Bible evidence is evidence and we all have access to it. This is an epistemological tool known as Matty’s razor.

We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.

Matty’s Razor

We didn’t see Noah’s flood happen, we don’t have sight. However, we have the testimony of scripture that there was a worldwide flood and we have the worldwide distribution of sedimentary rock as evidence. This means that we can have faith that Noah’s flood happened. Now we can begin to see clearly what faith means.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

(Hebrews 11:1) KJV

This definition of faith is the basis for our epistemological razor. It tells us that faith is the evidence of things that we can’t see, for example atoms. We can’t see atoms but we have faith that matter is made from atoms because there’s a large body of work which we can point to as evidence. It doesn’t say that we believe in something for which there’s no evidence. Here’s our working definition of faith:

Faith is believing in something that you can’t see, because of evidence.

– Faith, definition

Atoms and molecules are a good example of faith because it’s something which everyone agrees on regardless of what we believe about God. This means that faith transcends our choice of paradigm. Faith intersects with our choice of paradigm when we consider things which are paradigm-dependent, but we always base our faith on evidence.

Faith isn’t the opposite of knowledge, faith requires knowledge.

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