A common ridicule people of faith often endure is being called blind sheep. Obviously playing on the stereotype that Christians (in my case) have not rationally considered the tenets of our faith. Indeed we are routinely criticized for following like blind sheep being incapable of independent thought.
Well the opposite is true of course. You see when Jesus said...He was speaking as the creator of our souls knowing full well our purpose, to live by faith in God. Worship. Of course that rubs the prideful the wrong way but the humble realize the wisdom of his words. You see, we all live by faith. None of us know for certain when we will draw our last breath, or know what the future holds in store for us. We go about our daily lives believing we'll wake in the morning and carry out our plans we've made usually without any thought as to our ability to live according to those plans. We faithfully believe when we say, 'see ya tomorrow" that we will. We've seen bits of the past, live in the present and are completely blind to the future.25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Fatherís name, they bear witness of me. 26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Fatherís hand. 30 I and my Father are one.~John 10:25-30
The atheist no more knows what knowledge will be gained, if any or with what accuracy, then the Christian on any given day. But Christ being who he is offered to illuminate a small part of the future for us. He gave us insight as to what life really is. An infinite experience as opposed to the widely held belief that it's strictly a temporal existence. No matter what ones views are, walking by faith, not sight, is how life is navigated because that is how we were created. The differences between us are the paths we take. People sit in chairs faithfully, wait for buses, and enter into business arrangements, all done in faith. Whether it be in the knowledge pertaining to them or simply because they exist, we all live by faith. When Jesus said "my sheep hear my voice" he was informing nay-sayers that only by the hearing and following of truth above all else will lead us out of the darkness that's engulfed our lives and deceived our senses. Thus enabling us to see for the first time. Science wouldn't conduct experiments if they didn't have faith it would increase their knowledge. We all walk blind concerning the future but the question is, are you listening?