|Does John 20:29 teach "blind faith"?|
Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
I have had this passage sent to me by a Christian on one hand who claimed I was not following a Biblical definition of "faith" (see here) which demanded that one should as it were blindly trust Christ, leading this person to as much as brag that he trusted Christ more than I did, because he did not need as much proof to believe.
On the other side, I have had a Skeptic claim that this passage endorses uncritical belief, with suggestions that Thomas was the only smart one and the others were untrustworthy. Is this what our passage tells us?
Since we have already shown in that link that "faith" is not blind, how can John 20:29 fit here, since it implies that one who did not see the rezzed Jesus (being contextually "blind" to it) is more blessed than the one who believes without seeing him? Is not John showing Thomas to be (as one Skeptic put it) "rational and wise for refusing to believe without direct observation, and this shows that we have no more grounds to believe than Thomas did, and until granted the same evidence as he, we are as right as he was to call it bunk"?
Well, Thomas is by no means shown calling it "bunk"; but what of the general charge? Consider that:
Thus it is false to claim that John 20:29 promotes a "blind faith".