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The Difference Between Faith and Blind Faith

The Difference Between Faith and Blind Faith

When we talk about faith or blind faith, we immediately associate each with God, however, it’s far more complex than that.

Faith is derived from the Latin word fides and the Old French word feid, it refers to confidence or trust in a person, thing, or concept. In religion, it’s defined as “belief in God or the teachings of religion” and Blind faith means, believing in something unquestionably.

People who’re religious refer to faith as confidence based on a perceived degree of warrant, while the people who’re skeptical of religion think of faith as a belief without evidence.

The mere difference between faith and blind faith is that faith is having trust in something or someone with a reason, meaning the thing that one has faith in had to have done something to gain one’s faith, while blind faith means, having trust in something or someone without a plausible reason or evidence.

There aren’t many differences between faith and blind faith, however, there’re some, and here is a table for that.

FaithBlind faith
it means having trust in something or someone, but still, being cautiousIt means having trust in something or someone without a question
Hope and trust are a part of faithHaving blind faith involves trust and hope
Faith VS Blind Faith

Keep reading to know more.

What does blind faith mean?

A silhouette of a cross
“Blind faith” means believing without any evidence or true understanding.

“blind faith, since reason is the eye of faith, and if that eye is put out faith is blind indeed. This reason for accepting blind faith condemns itself, does it not? It is a mere hypocritical pretense.
Blind faith is here but another name for
no-reason-at-all.”

E. ALBERT COOK, PH.D. Professor of Systematic Theology in Howard University, Washington, D.C.

The term “blind faith” means believing without any evidence or true understanding.

However, is this the faith that God wanted us to have? Even if it was the kind of faith that God wanted us to have, people would have many remarks for the people who have blind faith in God.

Let’s start by looking at one of the incredible examples of faith. God told Abraham that he would be a father of many nations and his wife named Sarah would bear him a child, despite the fact that Sarah was 90, and Abraham was around 100. When the time came and Isaac was finally born to them, God told Abraham to do something which was unexpected and unthinkable, God told Abraham to kill Isaac. Thereafter, Abraham didn’t even question God.

He “blindly” followed the order of his God and traveled to a mountain with the pure and unquestionable intention of killing his son. When the moment came, God stopped Abraham and said, “Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son”.

This shows that God was rewarding and complimenting Abraham for his blind faith, and as Abraham is one of the models given to us to follow, it seems that blind faith is the ideal.

What do you mean by faith?

an open bible
Every religion sees faith from a different perspective, thus there can’t be only one definition.

In the dictionary, faith means having confidence or trust in a person, thing, or concept. However, there are several religions with their own definition of faith. Religions like:

  • Buddhism
  • Islam
  • Sikhism

Buddhism

Faith in Buddhism means a serene commitment to the practice of the teachings and having trust in highly developed beings, like Buddhas.

In Buddhism, a faithful devotee is known as upāsaka or upāsika and there wasn’t any formal declaration required. Faith was quite important, but it was just an initial step towards the path to wisdom as well as enlightenment.

Faith doesn’t imply “blind faith” in Buddhism, however, a degree of trust or faith is required for the spiritual attainment of Gautama Buddha. Faith is a center of the understanding that the Buddha is an Awakened being in his superior role as being a teacher, in the truth of his Dharma (spiritual teachings), and in his Sangha (group of spiritually developed followers). To conclude faith in Buddhism is summarised as “faith in the Three Jewels: the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.

Faith in Buddhism is far more complicated than it seems.

Islam

A Quran
Islam also has their own definition of Faith.

In Islam, a believer’s faith is called Iman, which means complete submission to the will of God, not unquestionable nor blind belief. In accordance with the Quran, Iman should do righteous deeds in order to enter paradise.

Muhammad referred to the six axioms of faith in the Hadith: “Iman is that you believe in God and His Angels and His Books and His Messengers and the Hereafter and the good and evil fate [ordained by your God].”

The Quran states that faith will grow with remembrance of God and nothing in this world should be dearer to a true believer than faith.

Sikhism

In Sikhism, there isn’t a religious concept of faith, but the five Sikh symbols, known as Kakaars are often referred to as the Five Articles of Faith. The article are kēs (uncut hair), kaṅghā (small wooden comb), kaṛā (circular steel or iron bracelet), kirpān (sword/dagger), and kacchera (special undergarment).

Sikhs who’re baptized must wear those five articles of faith, at all times, in order to be saved from bad company and keep them close to God.

There are other religions as well where faith is described, however, those are quite straightforward.

Are faith and trust the same?

Faith and trust mean the same and often are used interchangeably, however faith can be more complex than trust. Trust is merely a demonstration of faith.

Faith is defined as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1), in simpler words, faith involves trust, trust in something or someone that can’t be proven explicitly. Basically, faith can’t be separated from trust.

To describe the involvement of faith and trust with an example, Faith recognizes that a chair is designed to support the person who sits on it, and trust demonstrates the faith by actually sitting on the chair.

What is the opposite of blind faith?

blocks that spell "Let go, Let God"
Either you have blind faith or you don’t, there isn’t anything opposite of blind faith.

People who don’t have blind faith are skeptical and that quality leads them to questions that are impossible to answer. Such unanswerable questions are the very questions that the people with blind faith refuse to question.

Basically, the opposite of blind faith is being skeptical and looking for reasons to go against why people have blind faith.

Opposite of believing in someone or something without a plausible reason or proof is incredulity (being unwilling to believe something), skepticism, or suspicion.

Is it good to have blind faith?

The answer to this is subjective as in some cases, blind faith can be detrimental.

Blind faith in God is generally seen as a good thing since God is known to be good. However, blind faith in other things, for example, a politician can be seen as bad. This is because a politician, unlike God, can never truly be classified as “purely good”. There will be cases where they will take advantage of your blind faith and end up eventually putting you in harm.

Having blind faith sometimes can cost you something that is dear to you, however, when Abraham with God’s order traveled to a mountain to kill his only son Issac, he had blind faith in God because he knew that, He (God) will do whatever is best for him (Abraham).

God ordered him to sacrifice his only son to see if he will follow His orders or not. From the account, God had the assurance that Abraham fears him and will at all costs follow his orders. “Now I know that you fear God because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son”.

Blind faith is like a hope for people. Without hope, one will suffer in his mind endlessly.

The man without religion is like a ship without a rudder. – B. C. Forbes.

Here is a video that talks about the question: is blind faith better than belief based on evidence.

Is Blind Faith Better than Evidence-based Beliefs

What makes faith and blind faith different?

The mere difference that makes faith different from blind faith is that, when a person has faith, he might have some questions about something that he has faith in and even try to find answers, while having blind faith means, believing in something or someone without any reasons or questions.

Having blind faith means not knowing the nature of God or the future outcome of some event, but still believing without questioning.

Having faith is like living life as if the steering wheel is in your and God’s control, whereas having blind faith means that the steering wheel of one’s life is solely in God’s control.

To Conclude

a person praying
Faith isn’t only associated with God or religion.

Whether it’s faith or blind faith one can’t live life peacefully without faith. One will suffer in his mind endlessly if he/she doesn’t have faith.

Faith or blind faith shouldn’t be associated solely with God, it can be associated with oneself, which means believing in themselves.

Faith means something different in every religion and also to every individual. Every person has their own definition of faith, and there is nothing derogatory about it, as everyone has lived different lives, we can never know why one has a different definition of faith.

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