Gnostic Doctrine

Monday, 6 August 2018

What is Faith?

What is Faith?

"Faith is the assured expectation of things hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities though not beheld." (Heb. 11:1).

The word “faith” is translated from a Greek word, meaning the thought of confidence, To grow in confidence, trust, firm or persuasion.

Faith has levels of meaning, both positive and negative.

"Faith signifies “confidence.” .”

Faith really means "confidence, trust."  Faith does not relate to "belief," but to confidence.

 In reality, faith is not equal to belief.

 Faith refers to a rational understanding rather than belief. Paul's use of the word faith implies an intellectual and conscious awakening; "'awakened by the message' and 'faith comes from what is heard.' This emphasis on hearing, as an event, which awakens faith, is central to Paul. It is not simply a matter of hearing sermons, or oral communications, though it embraces both, hearing implies that the gospel must be understood."

Faith for Paul is more than believing in Jesus, it is comprehending and practising what Jesus taught. A close analysis shows that faith is the foundation of all that a believer does. Jesus spoke of a new condition for the uplifting of mankind. He called it the "kingdom of the heavens." He said it must be built upon the foundation symbolised by Peter (the rock), who represents faith. This shows that faith is reality and proof. The person who has it, embraces certain things promised as realities, although not come to pass

Spiritual Faith is a deep inner wisdom which grows in accordance with the Christ consciousness.

The development of the faith in rational understanding is a key to spiritual realisation. "According to your faith be it done unto you" (Matt. 9:29).

Faith is more than mere belief. It is the very substance of that which is believed. It works by love. Thoughts of condemnation, enmity, and resistance must be released and divine love declared; then faith will work unhindered

'Belief' is a concept foreign to early New Testament authors. "Belief" is an unfortunate attempt to make the Greek noun, faith, into its verb. For example, we cannot say "she faiths" so translators say, "she believes." "Believes", however, is a poor selection of a verb for faith because it misleads its user into thinking blind belief, rather than a solid understanding, as the Greek term faith implies, is all that is necessary to be Christian.

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