Hebrews 11-1 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
What do this mean?
Faith is your knowledge of truth.
Thus it is the only substance of things hope for, and evidence of the unseen.
You cannot convince another about your faith unless he possesses the same.
For one can only receive the things he believe and nothing more....
Faith involves the concurrent or agreement to something after much consideration and thought.
In this verse ,faith is being certain through the process of one’s understanding to believe in the trustworthiness of God and His word.
It is trusting God’s declaration of His Person to be true because it is based on God’s Character that has been evidenced in His Truthfulness and Authority.
...according to our English dictionary, there are 2 kinds of "faith."
1. Faith based on that which is backed by empirical proofs. (I have faith the sun will rise in the East and set in the west.)
2. Faith based on "hope" i.e. religious faith. (having no basis in scientific proofs)
To which of these two definitions do the courts turn to, in the admission of "eyewitness accounts" of any/all events?
There is neither "religious hope", NOR scientific "proof".
If your wife (if you have one) says "I love you", what kind of faith do you use to "believe" her?
Or, if the same person says " i will meet you at Joe's Cafe', ", will you be there on time?
Or , how about, My grandfather loved to drink, play music and surf". What faculty would you turn to and either believe, or disbelieve, any of the above statements?
I am a "realist" and anal about my definitions.
I gave you specific definitions of the word faith.
They satisfy my needs.
If you have a problem with accepting fact as opposed to supposition/assumption. So be it. I have my own problems...lol
"If your wife (if you have one) says "I love you", what kind of faith do you use to "believe" her?
Or, if the same person says " i will meet you at Joe's Cafe', ", will you be there on time?"
You're confussing faith with trust.
One of the problems we have in Western Christianity in General and American Christianity in particular is the tendency to grab a verse and analyze the crap out of it and then build a theology around it.
In order to understand what that verse means, we should probably take a look at what comes before, after and the people to whom the letter was written. The book of Hebrews was written specifically to Jews in Rome who had become Christians who were coming under persecution ... Christianity was illegal. Judaism was not.
In Chapter 10, we see that that the theme of doing the right thing for the long term purpose. The verse you quoted was a transition verse moving from the concept into the specific. It is the introduction to the "Hall of Faith" ... a list of people who did what they believed, by faith what God wanted. And the personal consequences were not always pleasant.
The purpose was to show that our lives are part of a pattern. Not that we are unthinking robots, but that there is a greater purpose that goes beyond our individual comfort.
It was not written people who were seeking the "right thing" to do. It was written to people who already knew the right thing to do and needed encouragement.
If someone were to take that one verse and try to define "Faith" as something easy to understand if we just parrot back the right definition, as we (including me) often do ,I think it is probably missing the point.
It means that a strong belief for something, against all odds, has the ability to create and bring that something into reality.For example, the substance is the raw material of belief; the substance is shaped into what you are believing in. The evidence of things unseen is the assurance that your belief, intensified, will manifest into reality.
Faith is Fosake all I trust Him (Jesus)
it's a belief in your mom, your friend, in this case a belief in God- a superior being whom you want to obey the 10 commandments and it inspires you to be all you can be.
Faith is essentially a firmly held belief in that which cannot be substantiated or verified in conventional terms.
People often assume that it applies only to religious beliefs but that is absolutely not the case.
Faith is trust - faith is a belief that righteousness will overcome evil; faith is a belief that the actions which one is taking are justified and for the greater good; faith is hope for the future and a world that will be better than the one of today.
Faith is whatever you want it to be - and much, much more...
For me, faith is the knowing that we live in a benevolent Universe that will back me up as soon as I believe that it does (which it has done over and over in the past).
It is the trusting that this world is not out to get me, but that I can have, be or do whatever I want to, as soon as I manage to come up with enough faith to let it happen.
Yes. So a living faith is one that is so embedded in ones being that he/she lives it out. Acts on it. Thereby producing (action) works.
EG. Love by faith is easy to say, but showing love by sacrificial giving of yourself is living faith.
Therefore, everyone who "lives by faith" is evidence that faith is indeed alive, and NOT dead.
faith is beyond belief, it doesn't require existentialist proof!
for a child, is knowing that daddy and mommy is going to take care of the child no matter what.
if Daddy or mommy said it then it has to be true
for a Christian, if it is in the word, then it is a fact
It means that you have free will to choose.
You have free will to choose who you follow and to do so on your gut feeling. But you also have the duty of walking away from this leader if he drives you astray from what you believed was the right path in the first place.
It applies both to politics and religion. that's why both are so corrupt......people exercise their freewill but don't walk away when the idealist get totally corrupted.
The hardest thing for a politician to do, however well intentioned they are when they begin their journey, is to not fall into the trap of corruption inside the system.
Same for religions....most start out well intentioned.....
Just my nickels worth
Faith is being totally convinced that, "That" which God had promised God would do.
Rom 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
Read my post in this thread and find out!
Faith is realizing that there is something more sophisticated than oneself.
There is Divine Invisible Energy Substance in the Heanenly Universes that is not defiled or contaminated by earthly negativity ... whatever good you can imagine in this realm can be brought into material manifestation through the avenue of "believing" ... which is why Jesus said that "to enter the Kingdom of God, we must become as children" ... the innocence, awe, and "the magical world(s)" that children live in ... for Heaven, itself, is "magical" ... every good wish you can ever wish for comes true in that realm ... link that to the Lord's Prayer "Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on earth, as IT IS in Heaven" and you'll have the faith to literally manifest miracles, here on earth! And remember ... love is the key ...
for, more then anything else, God is love!
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