And 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.
Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)
What is faith and why does it matter?
I’m preparing for a confirmation lesson entitled What is Faith and Does It Matter Anyway. These are two challenging questions to answer with words.
What is faith? Pause and form a description of your own…..
My knee jerk religious answer is that faith means believing in God. But looking at faith in a general sense shows that it's more active than simply believing.
I have faith that my car will start because it has been reliable. Without conscious thought, I have faith that a chair will hold my body weight. I have faith that my friend will hold our conversation in confidence.
Merriam-Webster defines faith as a strong belief or trust in someone or something, a belief in the existence of God, or strong religious feelings or beliefs.
In my humble personal experience, faith is more than believing. When I have faith, I am willing to risk taking action. I depend on my car, sit in the chair and share with my friend. Faith involves trust. I have faith when my experience has shown the person or object to be trustworthy.
Can we say faith means trusting enough to take action?
Is believing in God the same thing as having faith in God? Can someone believe in God but not trust Him? Does God need to prove Himself trustworthy in order to gain our trust?
Preparing for this confirmation lesson has raised many questions to ponder. I would love to hear your thoughts!
What do you observe about faith, belief, and trust? How do you define faith?