Does faith in the personal God of Scripture make sense if we acknowledge that we do not have free will? This blog presupposes that we don’t have free will, but argues that far from being a source of anxiety or even a death sentence for faith, our lack of free will may actually be the central point of Scripture and essential to our inherent human dignity.
May 26, 2016 - Your Faith Has Saved You
said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.”
Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.”
Immediately he received his sight
and followed him on the way.
did not cultivate the image of wonder-worker or sorcerer that we often impose
on him. Time after time, he credits the
recipient of the miracle with the saving power.
This point is made even more obvious in the story of the hemorrhaging
woman, who is healed simply by touching Jesus while he is walking by. Clearly, Scripture does not intend that we think
of God as picking people out for miraculous intervention while neglecting
others. Rather, what faith offers is
open to all. The benefits of faith are
not conferred by God, but are simply claimed by us. If we want to see, we will.