Objections In the Discussion of Faith and Reason (Part 4) (tRtB #39)

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture passage for today is Colossians 2:8-9. It reads, "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily."

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Abraham Lincoln He said, "I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say that there is no God."

Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled "Objections In the Discussion of Faith and Reason" (Part 4) from "The Handbook of Christian Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli:

Today, we will continue with our objections and replies in the discussion of faith and reason:

Objection 6: Doesn't reason take away the merit of faith? There is nothing praise-worthy in believing something because you see it, whether with your eyes or with your mind; but it is praiseworthy to trust a friend. To prove what you believe removes your merit, or praiseworthiness, in believing it; so it is not advantageous.

Reply A: Since we are supposed to grow up and figure things out for ourselves, understand and proving our faith is praiseworthy. Our parents don't want us to remain children who don't understand them but can only trust them. (Nor do they want us to stop trusting them.) What is praiseworthy is obeying God's will in all things,

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