What Faith Really Is

January 2, 2018

Faith is not a wish to believe or a will to believe something contrary to reason.  Faith is not living as if something were true.  Faith is the acceptance of a truth based on the authority of God's revelation, as manifested in the church and in scripture.  God alone causes faith in the believer, and faith is not the acceptance of abstract ideas.  It is so often said, ''Oh, by faith you have to accept a number of dogmas.'  Faith is participation in the life of God.  In faith, two persons meet:  God and ourselves. Our affirmation of faith does not come because we see a truth very clearly.  But it comes from the vision of him who reveals that truth --and we know that he cannot deceive nor be deceived.