A Definition of Faith
Many people today don’t understand what faith really is from a Biblical perspective. Some people think Biblical faith is blind, without reason that faith is only for the uneducated and unenlightened. So how do I define faith, faith is a personal trust in someone or something other than ones self. In the New Testament letter to the Hebrews we’re told that “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” Hebrews 11:1 NIV.
Faith is much like a light in the distance of a dark night, we’re not sure where the light will lead us but we walk toward it because the light better than the dark and when we arrive we find ourselves safe. The Bible talks a lot about faith, it has over 240 references to faith and many of these references deal with people following God, not knowing everything, just knowing they have to follow Him and they are shown living out their faith in real ways, in ways that sometimes doesn’t make sense except for the person who is living it.
New Testament, Biblical Christianity is a lifestyle of faith. We don’t know everything, we don’t have all the answers as we follow Christ. But He is the light in our dark world, Jesus speaking to His followers said in John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” NIV.
My belief hasn’t shaped my faith as much as my faith has shaped what I believe. Now that doesn’t mean I don’t think or struggle with many of the issues of our world but my faith leads me to believe that God not only has the answer but that He is the answer. And in due time we will all see if the Christian faith is valid.