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Define Faith;  what is "Faith"?

Specifically, what does "Faith in God" mean? 

 

 

 

The Bible defines faith as "... confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."  Heb. 11:1 (NIV)  Faith in God is simply trust, or confidence, in Him even though we cannot physically see Him. 

It can be illustrated by a father and his two children out on a dock.  The father jumps in the water and then asks his blind-folded kids if they trust him.  Both say that they do, but when he asks them to jump into his arms only one actually jumps while the other refuses to jump, ever.  Which one actually has faith and which one does not?  It's not hard to see that if we have faith, if we really trust Him, we will do exactly as our Father asks. 

The Bible says that "... without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."  Heb. 11:6 (NIV)  From this verse we can see that our faith is extremely important to God, so we NEED to know exactly what faith is.
 

As you can see, the Bible defines faith as more than just a belief that God is real.  Real faith is CONFIDENCE and ASSURANCE in God. Assurance is freedom from distrust, and so it will be based on what you have seen.  In other words, faith is not a blind trust in something that you really do not know anything about. 

Even Abraham's faith was based on reason, not on "blind faith".  When told by God to kill his only son Isaac, Abraham had assurance because he had found God to be totally trustworthy.  Abraham followed God's instructions.  Hebrews 11: 18, 19 (Amplified Bible) tells us that Abraham "reasoned" that because God had said that from Isaac He would raise up a great nation, He would also raise Isaac from the dead to keep His promise.  That is not "blind faith".
 

How do we get faith?  The Bible says, "... faith comes from hearing the message, ... the message is heard through the word about Christ."  Romans 10:17 (Good News Translation)   When we hear from the Bible what God has done for humans at different times throughout history we actually gain confidence and trust in His leading.  We gain faith in God, and the more faith we have the more we see that He only wants what is best for those who love Him.
 

Build YOUR faith by studying the Bible for yourself, and by reading all the Bible-based stories about Christ from The Desire of Ages.  Just keep in mind that even though you feel you are building your faith all by yourself all faith comes from God.

Eph. 2:8 says, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God".


 

You do not commit intellectual
suicide when you trust in God. 
True faith in God is not blind!

Updated: Feb 14, 2016