“Faith is not a leap into the darkness; Faith is a leap out of the darkness, and into the light.” — R.C. Sproul
I want to begin with this quote because of its profundity, and truth. Faith is a settled confident trust, and what R.C. (And others who have said this) is saying here is that faith is not an ignorant, or irrational leap into the unknown. Faith is an educated leap, a rational leap, a reasonable leap, out of ignorance, into what is known. Faith is an evidence, that we have been enlightened, not darkened. People of the Christian faith are a rational people, an intelligent people, and one of my convictions is to help God’s people stand firm, that our faith does not contradict our ability to reason.
There is this interesting conundrum that unbelievers find themselves in. Those who willfully reject the truth, willfully reject the knowledge of God, they seem to be the ones who believe themselves to be enlightened. They seem to be the ones who always have their nose in the air, as if they know something no one else knows. They have this attitude about them, that because they do not believe in God, they have shined a light into their own minds, and everyone else is darkened.
The fact of the matter is this; They are truly darkened in their understanding. They know nothing, and they see the world amiss. Listen to Romans 1:18-21, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For His invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So, they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” You see because they love their sin, suppress the truth, do not honor or thank God, they find themselves in a grave condition. They have become foolish, and darkened in their thinking. They have no purpose for life, they have no true aim in life, they see the world amiss, and miss the glorious reality of God all around them.
We as Christians, are not blindly following a historical figure, who made extraordinary claims, and had no evidence to back these claims up. We follow the light of the world, and nothing could be more clear. I say all of this because we live in a post-modern, relative-truth world that will try and shake your foundations of faith as often as possible, and if we are not armed with absolute truth, they will succeed.
So, I declare to you today with R.C. Sproul, and others who have said this: “Faith is not a leap into the darkness, faith is a leap out of the darkness, into the light.” Faith is not an ignorant grasp into the dark, but a firm grip on what is absolutely true.