Faith is essential in having a relationship with the Lord and receiving the gift of salvation that He offers to all.  Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us, “For by grace are ye saved through FAITH; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Acts 16:30-31 says, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, BELIEVE ON (have faith in) the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”  So, we conclude in Hebrews 11:6, “But WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE HIM: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

Yet, I would not classify this as ‘blind faith’.  So much of the Bible is written from a first-person account.  Of the four Gospel accounts, Matthew and John were written by two apostles who were with the Lord during His years of public ministry that began when the Lord was thirty years old.  While being led of the Lord to write, they knew the Lord personally and witnessed much of what they wrote about the Lord.  Mark and Luke were not apostles and may have never seen the Lord personally, but their writings coincide with what Matthew and John wrote. 

Even the Lord’s resurrection was verified by many people.  We read in Acts 1:1-3, “The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: To whom also HE SHEWED HIMSELF ALIVE AFTER HIS PASSION BY MANY INFALLIBLE PROOFS, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.”  The Apostle Paul, speaking of the Lord’s resurrection said in 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, HE WAS SEEN OF ABOVE FIVE HUNDRED BRETHREN AT ONCE; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.” With the tremendous witness of the Lord’s resurrection, we are called upon to believe this testimony.  Romans 10:9 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and SHALT BELIEVE IN THINE HEART that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

You stated, “The Bible leaves me with more questions than answers.”  I think that is just a testament to the depth of the scriptures.  I have been studying the Bible for decades now, and often, the more I learn, that just opens the door for even more questions.  The Word of God is inexhaustible so we will never learn all there is to know about the Lord.  Ephesians 2:7 lets us know, “That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”  Even when we get to Glory, we will ever be learning of Him and His grace. 

I am sorry that you do not feel you have the freedom to ask questions about the things you do not understand.  We learn so much by asking!  I also live in the south and find some who will openly and honestly discuss the Bible, even the difficult passages.  I pray the Lord will lead you to someone who can be a help and not be offended by any sincere questions you may have.  (409.4)