FAITH IN GOD
Faith in God 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
- In people (such as skills or abilities)
- In things (personal causes or nature)
I trust the abilities and skills of others vs. as opposed to personal relationships. It keeps expectations in perspective knowing no one is perfect; we all make mistakes. Faith in God is based on knowing God loves me unconditionally and accepts me as I am, no matter what. The journey with Him is personal and private, as it should be.
Belief in God is intertwined with my religious beliefs and yet remains independent of religion. There is no one religion that I 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.
Reliance and 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, eventually everything else will fall into place. This has worked and helped define my faith.
For my faith in God to thrive, it needs to be developed through change; it is an ongoing process that helps me to avoid complacency. The best thing about faith… it is free and available to all humanity through free will!
Which Faith 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:
-God’s ways, God’s methods.
-God’s unchanging righteousness,
-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,
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 in God differs 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