Does having faith means blindly believing in God?
If you think faith is believing blindly, then you've not read the definition of faith, which is "faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things that cannot be seen". Now, what distinguish humans from lower animals are that we ask questions, and seek answers. The questions a thinking person would ask regarding the definition of faith are "What is the substance of hope?", and "Where is the evidence of God?" Seeking and finding answers to these questions effectively translates faith into the pursuit of knowledge, rather than blindly believing in God.
Suppose someone has an ailment for which no system of medicine offers any cure. Assume he wholeheartedly prays to God for a cure and he gets it. Now his faith in God based on his subjective experience becomes very strong, though there cannot be any proof that the curing happened on account of his faith or prayer.
What is the substance of his hope? His hope that God can cure it was the only avenue available to him.
Where is the evidence of God for him? It is his firm faith that God will answer his prayers and he did get cured. His evidence is that there is God somewhere, not visible to his eyes, but available for sure for communication through his prayers.
He cannot "scientifically prove" to anybody about his experience. But his subjective experience itself is good enough for him to continue his faith in God.
A true devotee will mature soon and evolve in such a way that even if some of his prayers are not answered in future, he will believe that God knows best what is right for him and his faith will continue. You may call it blind faith! But he thinks he is not doing business with God.
I've heard it described this way: "Faith is to believe in what we cannot see and the reward of that faith is to see what we believe."
In other words "believing is seeing" and not the other way around. No one can see the "subconscious mind" and yet scientists from around the world believe we have one.
Whenever "believers" and "non-believers" engage in heated debates rarely does either walk away with a changed mind. Having faith is nothing more than the belief that everything will work out in the end.
Another saying I've heard is: "Having (faith) means never having to worry about "how". True believers don't stress themselves out. As they're fond of saying: "Let go. Let God." Naturally very few people have that kind of faith! Most of us worry
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