Faith?

It doesn’t take faith to say “I don’t know”, it takes humility.

[feyth]  Noun

  1. Confidence or trust in a person or thing
  2. Belief that is not based on proof
  3. Belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion
  4. Belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.
  5. system of religious belief
  6. The obligation of loyalty or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement,etc.
  7. The observance of this obligation; fidelity to one’s promise, oath,allegiance, etc.

I find definition #2 to be the most interesting one. “Not based on proof” Is there any other part of a person’s life where they DON’T use or require proof?

  • If I told you that you owed me $1,000, would you have “faith” that you actually did owe me this money? Would you simply hand over your hard earned cash without questioning me as to the nature of this debt?
  • If your child was ill, would you pray that they get better, having “faith” that God would save your child? Or would you take your child to the doctor or hospital for treatment?
  • If a judge said “You need to convict that person”, would you have “faith” that his decision was the right one and that person needed to be punished? Or would you ask to see the evidence and the case file?

But this is where so many people get confused. Instead of using “faith”, they substitute “trust”, which is defined as:

  1. Reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
  2. Confident expectation of something; hope.
  3. Confidence in the certainty of future payment for property or goods received; credit:
  4. person on whom or thing on which one relies:
  5. The condition of one to whom something has been entrusted.
  6. The obligation or responsibility imposed on a person in whom confidence or authority is placed:
  7. Charge, custody, or care:

The difference between faith & trust is that trust is earned, based on previous experience.

  • You keep taking your car to the same mechanic, not because you have “faith” that he can fix your car, but because he has earned your “trust” by showing his mechanical capabilities. If he wasn’t capable, then you would not continue bringing your car to him.

It seems mind-boggling (to me) that anyone would have “faith” for anything when it is quite easy to look for actual evidence or proof for everything. All it takes is effort.

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