What is Faith?
It's not what I thought when I did not believe in God. In those days, I thought it was a crutch for weak-minded people who could not handle life on life's terms.
At best I may have said it was a kind of giving yourself over to a Fate you could not comprehend or predict, and so faith was a kind of spiritual wisdom, a kind of "let's see what happens.". But thats still just coping. It may lead to bold and extravagant living, but it is simply coping.
Faith, biblically speaking, is a sure and settled conviction that God is trustworthy because He has proven Himself trustworthy forever. There is very little leap of faith, it seems to me.
But what does it mean? What does it do?
Faith, before and after it's theological definition, makes the Word of God active in our lives. We not only find our trust miraculously placed in Jesus Christ, the promises of God become truer and truer with each new experience.
How else to describe the Christian experience of the Beatitudes, to take one example?
Blessed are those who mourn? How? If you have ever grieved and known the comfort of the Lord, then you know. In fact, you will take all the mourning you can get because God is close to the brokenhearted, and the blessings of His presence in the time of mourning is better than being free of mourning!
We are surrounded by a great could of witnesses who can testify to such phenomena in every aspect of their lives... The promises of God came to life, were made flesh in Jesus of Nazareth.
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