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