Faith is one of those words that everybody uses without thinking about what they are saying. It is like the words "till death do us part," the meaning is clear but few mean it. A proper understanding of faith is critical to Christianity.

"Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Heb. 11:1)." It does not operate without a frame of reference but requires a foundation. The strength of the foundation produces the assurance and conviction. People have more faith in a banker keeping their money safe then a thief. If the foundation of a house is unstable then so is the house. Faith is not greater than the foundation, it only displays its strength.  That is why faith in faith is absurd because it equates to having faith in oneself; a known unstable foundation, which only amounts to wishful thinking.

Some people like to think that faith will make God do stuff for them. They claim that if they believe something will happen, then God will do it. However, the code does not tell the programmer what to do. Faith is trusting that God knows what He is doing and having confidence that He has us in the best program. Many stories have been told when people lose their "faith" after God did not come "through" for them. As heart breaking as these stories are, they did not lose their faith, they only realized they never had it. When the going gets tough, Faith gets going.

If Christianity were false would you have faith in another god? Would you convert to Mormonism or Islam? If what you have faith in does not give you hope, then there will be no faith. Having faith that a car alone will get you across the ocean is worthless. Not all conceptions of God are the same, most are not worth following and only one is worthy of faith.


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