My son and I were discussing politics and the ease with which so many people gravitate to the “team candidate” without exploring the candidate in more depth.

One cannot ever truly have 100% faith in someone else (or even in one’s self, for that matter) because we are subject to the fall and depraved from birth.  As I tried to convey this to him, an illustration came to mind.

Taking an airline flight from one point to another is a simple act of faith.  You place a high degree of trust in God, the pilot, and the laws of aerodynamics.  Since God’s ways are high above ours (no pun intended), we would trust Him regardless of the outcome.  The laws of aerodynamics, if they are truly laws of nature, are not subject to change.  Thus, we are left with the pilot.  Do I trust the pilot?

Several years ago, an airplane took off from JFK airport bound for Cairo, Egypt.  According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the Relief First Officer, Gameel Al-Batouti, deliberately crashed the plane into the ocean, killing all passengers aboard.  His voice was heard on the cockpit recorder saying, “I rely on God” several times as the autopilot was switched off, the engines throttled back, and the plane descended from 33,000 feet to the ocean.

The point of this is simply to say that it is possible that someone with mental problems to crash a flight, absent problems with the aircraft or a simple mistake.  Thus, getting on an airplane requires a leap of faith, albeit a small one.

How about the leap of faith necessary to get from faithless to God?  Soren Kierkegaard is said to the the originator of the concept of the leap of faith (or Leap to faith), and the idea has many detractors in Christian orthodoxy.

As Kierkegaard describes it, since there is no way to reconcile the mysteries of God, we simply have to embrace the belief without fully understanding it.  In the case of the Gospel, we have to believe that there was a historical person named Jesus, who lived a perfect life, was offered as a sacrifice for our sins, and that God accepts our act of trusting in Jesus for our eternal salvation.

But does that require a leap of faith on our part?

What do you think?

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