Faith is believing in something without requiring proof (i.e. – faith is the way of holding onto what we hope for, being certain of what we cannot see — Hebrews 11:1). One can have faith in:
- Faith in God
- Faith in people (such as skills or abilities)
- Faith in things (personal causes or nature)
Concerning people, it is easier for me to base my faith on trusting in the abilities and skills of others vs. personal relationships. It helps to keep expectations in perspective knowing no one is perfect. We all make mistakes; as a result I find it difficult to place my faith in individuals. My faith in God is based more of need knowing God loves me unconditionally. God accepts me as I am, no matter what and my journey with him is personal and private, as it should be.
Regardless of my faith of origin, how I believe in God is of my own conviction. My faith is intertwined with my religious beliefs and yet remains independent of my religion. Being exposed to various faiths, I realized that there is no one religion that I would agree with all teachings. And rather jump around seeking the perfect religion, I returned to my faith of origin which embraces my core beliefs: Believe in the Blessed Trinity (Father, Son & Holy Spirit), the Blessed Sacraments, the Blessed Virgin Mary, saints and miracles.
My belief or faith in God involves more than a mental conviction; it also includes action (i.e. – praying, attending mass, reading and discussing the Bible, asking God to help me change, seeking to be a power of example). I learned that by acting as if, everything else will fall into place. This has worked for me and helped define my faith.
In order for my faith to thrive, it needs to be developed through change; it is an ongoing process that helps me to avoid complacency to grab hold. The best thing about faith… it is free and available to all humanity through free will!
Which Faith Will You Receive?
Which one will you receive?
Human Faith is blind.
God’s faith sees.
Human faith comes from the human.
God’s faith comes from God.
Human faith believes without evidence.
God’s faith is the evidence of things not seen.
Human faith speaks lies.
God’s faith speaks the Truth.
Human faith works with human hope, human, “I hope so” hope.
God’s faith works with God’s hope, eternal, abiding, sure hope.
Human faith works with human love, selfish, self-exalting love.
God’s faith works with God’s love, self-sacrificing, giving of hope.
Human faith believes what it wants to be true.
God’s faith believes what God shows to be true.
Human faith believes in such things as:
-changing the laws of God,
-human ways, human methods.
God’s faith believes in such things as:
-Forgiveness, healing and righteousness through Christ
-Christ’s sure coming,
-God’s unfailing judgements,
-God’s unchanging righteousness,
-God’s ways, God’s methods.
Human faith opens the door to a relationship with the human mind.
God’s faith opens the door to a relationship with God.
Will you choose the human faith, or will you choose the faith of God.
Which one will you receive?¹
- Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. And lo, no one was there. ~Author Unknown
- Faith is putting all your eggs in God’s basket, then counting your blessings before they hatch.
~Ramona C. Carroll
- Faith makes things possible, not easy. ~Author Unknown
- Of course I doubt. I do not practice a certainty. I practice a faith. ~Robert Brault
- As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense
of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit. ~Emmanuel
- A little faith will bring your soul to heaven, but a lot of faith will bring heaven to your soul. ~Author Unknown
- Faith is believing that the outcome will be what it should be, no matter what it is.
- Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Your Personal Journey
Perhaps your views on faith differ from what has been discussed. That’s the wonderful thing about free will. Each of us can choose to live our lives as we wish. I hope that when my time comes to pass on, I’ll have lived a life that is full of hope and that I have affected at least one person’s life along the way.
Links of Interest:
Catholics United for Faith (CUF)
World Council of Churches
Religion Fact-Religion Chart
¹Source: Copyright Bob and Kathy Stenson, Freeware; use it freely. Seekfind.net
²Source: The Quote Garden, Quotations About Faith. The Quote Garden
For by Grace you are saved through faith; and that
not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. ~Ephesians 2:8