At some level all
faith is blind.
If the belief/person that you had faith in could be proven by logical or other means, it would not be faith, it would be a perfect knowledge.
There is no single means by which to satify all critics when you that your faith is not blind. How do you prove that you faith is not blind, when in and of itself to have faith you must believe in the something that cannot be proven?
Faith is to hope for things which are not seen, but which are true (Heb. 11:1; Alma 32:21), and must be centered in Jesus Christ in order to produce salvation. To have faith is to have confidence in something or someone. The Lord has revealed himself and his perfect character, possessing in their fulness all the attributes of love, knowledge, justice, mercy, unchangeableness, power, and every other needful thing, so as to enable the mind of man to place confidence in him without reservation. Faith is kindled by hearing the testimony of those who have faith (Rom. 10:1417). Miracles do not produce faith, but strong faith is developed by obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ; in other words, faith comes by righteousness, although miracles often confirm ones faith.
Faith is a principle of action and of power, and by it one can command the elements and/or heal the sick, or influence any number of circumstances when occasion warrants (Jacob 4:47). Even more important, by faith one obtains a remission of sins and eventually can stand in the presence of God.
All true faith must be based upon correct knowledge or it cannot produce the desired results. Faith in Jesus Christ is the first principle of the gospel and is more than belief, since true faith always moves its possessor to some kind of physical and mental action; it carries an assurance of the fulfillment of the things hoped for. A lack of faith leads one to despair, which comes because of iniquity.
Although faith is a gift, it must be cultured and sought after until it grows from a tiny seed to a great tree. The effects of true faith in Jesus Christ include (1) an actual knowledge that the course of life one is pursuing is acceptable to the Lord (see Heb. 11:4); (2) a reception of the blessings of the Lord that are available to man in this life; and (3) an assurance of personal salvation in the world to come. These things involve individual and personal testimony, guidance, revelation, and spiritual knowledge. Where there is true faith there are miracles, visions, dreams, healings, and all the gifts of God that he gives to his saints. Jesus pointed out some obstacles to faith in John 5:44 and 12:3942 (cf. James 1:6 8 ).
The most complete and systematic exposition on faith is the Lectures on Faith, prepared for and delivered in the School of the Prophets in Kirtland, Ohio, in 1832. Other references to faith include JST Gen. 14:2636; Rom. 10:1417; 2 Cor. 5:7; Eph. 2:89; Heb. 11:140; James 2:1426; 1 Pet. 1:89; Enos 1:68; Alma 32; Moro. 10:11; D&C 46:1316.
You can say that the Bible is word of God, but how do you know? How do you prove this? If you say that God told you... you are either considered delusional by those who disbelieve or brainwashed, or worse. There is no way to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the bible is word of God. The same is true for the Book of Mormon. You cannot prove it beyond a shadow of a doubt.
That is why it is faith, and not a perfect knowledge.
Edited by ELF1024, 14 December 2010 - 09:08 AM.