The "leap of faith"
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The CE is our friend indeed. Here's two very interesting articles about;

Faith: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05752c.htm
Revelation: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13001a.htm

Now, I'll give my $0.2 on your question about the "leap of faith". Assuming you have already attained the sure belief about the existence of God - a preamble of faith - then the Christian religion presents itself as the only one in harmony with truth and what is rationally expectable of God. All other human religions are inconsistent as it is expected of any human system naturally plagued with error and insufficiencies.

Christ Our Lord really did exist on this earth as many men have testified, christians and non-christians alike. His many followers spread throughout the world, facing many adversities, even to the point of martyrdom to spread this new faith in Christ crucified, the God who had humbled Himself to the ignomy of dying on the Cross to redeem us from the bondage of sin. Did they all lie about Him? It's highly unlikely that such a farce could go on for so long. Cui bono? They had nothing to gain, no earthly dignities, no land or riches to be conquered by maintaining this lie for so long and at some point someone would've spoken out, especially under duress and with so many enemies interested in destroying this insurgent new faith. The truth eventually prevails.

Furthermore, the existence of the Church, her martyrs and the constancy and incorruptibility of her belief throughout the ages is a strong argument in favour of the truthfulness and holiness of the Christian religion. Then, the Holy Church continues to have miracles associated with her - Eucharistic miracles, incorruptible bodies of saints, apparitions of Our Lady, miraculous cures of diseases associated with prayer and faith - just like Our Lord performed miracles in association with His preaching. All this sanctity and the constancy of all these miracles are a sure sign from Heaven. No one else can claim such a record.

Having said that, I should also point out that the oneness of the Church through time and space is what one should expect from any church claiming divine origin, the same for the unity in doctrine and universality of belief, the sanctity she provides through her sacraments and her concrete apostolic (historical) origins. The doctrine of the Christian religion is admirably coherent, virtuous and uplifting as one should expect from a doctrine that comes from God. No other known religion to man can claim that.

So, I wouldn't say it's strictly necessary a "leap of faith", as in a blind or unsubstantiated belief. Faith is indeed a grace from God and we must ask for it but I believe that the Christian religion is the only reasonable answer to the belief in the existence of God. Since God exists, He would have manifested Himself to mankind and Christ is the only credible answer.
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The "leap of faith" - by Historian - 05-17-2010, 11:12 AM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by WhollyRoaminCatholic - 05-17-2010, 11:36 AM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Historian - 05-17-2010, 11:44 AM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by St.Ambrose - 05-17-2010, 12:40 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Walty - 05-17-2010, 12:43 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by St.Ambrose - 05-17-2010, 12:47 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Jesse - 05-17-2010, 01:11 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Walty - 05-17-2010, 01:14 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by St.Ambrose - 05-17-2010, 01:15 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by St.Ambrose - 05-17-2010, 01:16 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Walty - 05-17-2010, 01:19 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by St.Ambrose - 05-17-2010, 01:21 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by timoose - 05-17-2010, 02:53 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by SouthpawLink - 05-17-2010, 03:43 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Vetus Ordo - 05-17-2010, 04:03 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Edward - 05-17-2010, 05:06 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Walty - 05-17-2010, 06:52 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Historian - 05-17-2010, 07:58 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Walty - 05-17-2010, 08:05 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Historian - 05-17-2010, 08:30 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by winoblue1 - 05-17-2010, 09:15 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by DesperatelySeeking - 05-18-2010, 09:11 AM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by SaintSebastian - 05-18-2010, 10:02 AM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Walty - 05-19-2010, 10:39 PM



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