“Faith” What Is It?

The word “Faith” is thrown around so much these days, but have you stopped to think what it is? Seems like a pretty straight forward question with a straight forward answer that must be looked at from Biblical view. Dr John Lennox states, “”Faith is not a leap in the dark; it’s the exact opposite. It’s a commitment based on evidence… It is irrational to reduce all faith to blind faith and then subject it to ridicule. That provides a very anti-intellectual and convenient way of avoiding intelligent discussion.” Very well put. I agree with Dr Lennox on needing evidence and in the Christian faith we have all the evidence necessary to show that God has a master plan.

In the Book of Romans, 8: 24 It is written “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” So even though we have the evidence, the Bible says that what we can see is no hope at all!

So I ask “Is faith Blind?” Is Faith something that one can learn? Ephesians 2:8 clearly says that Faith is a gift from God “8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;” So ask this question: “Since the unbelievers discount Faith as a reason for belief in God, is it something that God has not given them?” I mean we as Christians have Faith and the unbeliever seems to discount it as a “magic pill” and invalid as a defense to our faith. Or is it possible that the unbeliever has faith but not enough of it? Romans 12:3 is written: For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

Read 1 Corinthians 2: 14, “14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. Notice that the Lord states “…does not accept the things of the Spirit of God”, “…cannot understand them” So I think it is clear that Faith cannot be learned as it is a Gift from God, and that the natural man does not accept Faith. So I must come to the conclusion that Faith is there for all, but some choose to not accept it!

Brian Mason

2 thoughts on ““Faith” What Is It?

  1. //Remember faith is hoping for the unseen and having evidence of that unseen in our lives// Very true! Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Thanks Dave!

  2. Scripture says that Abraham hoped against all hope and did not waiver in unbelief and God creditied him rightoousness. Is this blind faith? It also continues by saying if we have faith like Abraham we will be Abraham’s offspring. Are we to have now too suposed to have blind faith.

    Remember faith is hoping for the unseen and having evidence of that unseen in our lives.

    Abraham hoping against all hope, hoped for the unseen and the evidence in his life was him not waivering in unbelief. So much so, God credited him righteousness.

    So is God more pleased if we have faith based apon all the evidences we can gather around us to buttress our faith. Or is He more pleased if we simply believe HIm at His word?

    Scripture says Abraham put his confidence in the one who made the promise. Not in his circumstances. Abraham based his faith on God’s word and scripture does not say he gained comfort from anything else. So is God pleased when we have faith like Abraham or faith that rest in a whole bunch of evidence? Is God pleased because we believe Him at His word or because we can prove God exist?

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