A rather common accusation sharply aimed at the Christian often goes like this: “You Christians are pitiful! All you have is ‘blind faith.’” This would surely indicate that the accuser seems to think that to become a Christian, one has to commit “intellectual suicide.”
Personally, “my heart cannot rejoice in what my mind rejects.” My heart and head were created to work and believe together in harmony. Christ commanded us to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matt. 22:37)
When Jesus Christ and the apostles called upon a person to exercise faith, it was not a “blind faith” but rather an “intelligent faith.” The apostle Paul said, “I know whom I have believed” (2 Tim 1:12). Jesus said, “You shall know [not ignore] the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).
The belief of an individual involves “the mind, the emotions, and the will.” I like the way F.R. Beattie puts it: “The Holy Spirit does not work a blind and ungrounded faith in the heart.” (Beattie, A, 25)
“Faith in Christianity,” Paul Little justifiably writes, “is based on evidence. It is reasonable faith. Faith in the Christian sense goes beyond reason but not against it.” (Little, KWhyYB, 30) Faith is the assurance of the heart in the adequacy of the evidence.
Often the Christian is accused of taking a blind “leap into the dark.” The idea often finds itself rooted in Kierkegaard.
For me, Christianity was not a “leap into the dark,” but rather “a step into the light.” I took the evidence that I could gather and placed it on the scales. The scales tipped in favor of Christ as the Son of God, resurrected from the dead. The evidence so overwhelmingly leans toward Christ that when I became a Christian, I was “stepping into the light” rather than “leaping into the darkness.”
If I had been exercising “blind faith,” I would have rejected Jesus Christ and turned my back on all the evidence.
Taken from “The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict”, Josh McDowell, xxxii, 1B