Is Faith Against Reason?

A lot of people misunderstand faith as somehow being opposed to reason.  To these people, faith is merely a kind of security blanket to comfort people like me who need to believe that an invisible man (spaghetti monster, etc.) created and has a plan for each of us.

The “faith as a security blanket” argument has never really made a whole lot of sense to me.  For one, if my faith were merely about being comfortable, then—quite frankly—I would have picked one that promised comfort rather than the Cross.  It seems to me that people who make this argument do not really understand Christianity.

In terms of faith being against reason, I again have to disagree.  First of all, this doesn’t mean every aspect of my faith can be understood in scientific terms—of course it can’t.  By definition, science only deals with the natural realm.  It can literally say nothing as to whether God exists or doesn’t, because the question of the divine is a supernatural question.

But I have never had to deny reason (or science, for that matter) in order to profess my faith.  God is a God of reason, and though our human minds of course cannot contain a full understanding of who He is (if they could, He wouldn’t be God), He does not contradict reason.

What does, however, contradict reason (at least mathematically) is to not believe in a God at all:

“If you believe in God and turn out to be incorrect, you have lost nothing — but if you don’t believe in God and turn out to be incorrect, you will go to hell. Therefore it is foolish to be an atheist.”

Paraphrase of Pascal’s Wager.
(scare tactics + math =salvation??)

I digress.

In all seriousness:

We have to stop confusing faith with being “blind” or uncertain in any terms.  Faith is not about walking “face-first and full speed into darkness,”  (yeah, Eat Pray Love junkies—I’m talking to you).  Faith is about running full speed out of the darkness of your former life and into the marvelous light of Christ—precisely because it does not make sense to do anything else.