Sometime last year, a biblical scholar who is part of the progressive left wrote a blog post that went viral.
In the post, the scholar bulbously argued why he didn’t believe in God anymore. Instead, he now “trusts” God.
All he was doing was using the word “believe” as a synonym for mental assent.
I read the post and shrugged my shoulders. Then I scratched my head, befuddled as to why the post went viral.
There was nothing profound or earth-shaking in it at all. He was just describing the essence of biblical faith . . . which is trust.
I knew today’s Christianity was shallow . . . but has it moved into the universe of boeotianism?
You don’t believe in God anymore, but now you trust Him?
And that’s some sort of a deep revelation that’s worth spreading?
When the New Testament uses the word “believe” and “faith,” it’s not talking about ticking off a list of propositional statements that you’ve given assent to. Instead, it always has in view the concept of committed trust.
To believe in the Lord is to entrust yourself to the Lord.
Mental assent doesn’t demand commitment, allegiance, nor submission. Faith does.
I don’t fault this biblical scholar. His post was fine. But what’s troubling to me is why it was spread so many times. As if this were a new revelation.
Even if people were spreading it in droves because they felt others needed to understand that faith means trust, it still betrays the shallowness of contemporary Christianity.