"believe" mean hold as true without proof or logic?
is when someone else does the thinking."
literature generally interprets a Christian's use of "believe" as "hold
to be true without proof or logical reasoning". Some professing Christians
may indeed use the word in just this manner, but holding to unevidenced
faith is not a biblical position.
has not furnished prophecy, evidences, miracles, resurrection, the apostle's
testimonies, the believer's own testimony, and Scripture itself all so that
his people can walk around and say they believe in him for no good reason.
Christians should state what they believe in the context of why they believe
it; especially when addressing those who doubt the existence of God or the
believability of the Bible.
Christian faith has excellent empirical evidences and logical arguments.
A Christian failing to share those things only cheats the sincere nonbeliever
out of the proof for which he or she professes to be waiting. Meanwhile,
until nonbelievers are shown those evidences, they should refrain from jumping
to the conclusion that there are none.
Aren't people punished
for using reason or questioning the faith?
bigoted, intolerant, and judgmental?