What is Faith? And do you need more of it?

A few days ago on Facebook somebody posted this quote as their status:

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It actually annoyed me because these are the type of quotes people put without sitting down to examine for themselves what faith according to scripture really means.  Most of the stuff that we Christians have accepted as truth are just things passed down from generation to generation, from one teacher to another – it’s things that have been recycled and maybe even up-cycled without looking at the components or the underlying foundations.

A little while back I wrote a series on faith and how it differed from trust and belief, so it doesn’t make any sense to me how faith can’t be belief but it can be trust!

Too many times ‘faith’ is used as a weapon to attack people who don’t believe what they do or believe as they do, we hear it in the words “you don’t have enough faith”, or “you got to have/need more faith”.  Without actually saying it they are accusing you of being inferior to them somehow and if only you could have what they have or do what they do everything in your life will be ab-fab, really?  No.

The use of faith in this context hasn’t come because this is what the Bible actually teaches but because Christians have interpreted the scriptures through their own lens without letting it speak for themselves or going back to the original language.  The Bible is not a Greek book, neither is it Roman, American or British, it’s Hebrew so why do we pay so much attention to all the stuff pumped out by modern day Christianity and take it as Gospel truth?

  • The No 1 truth you need to know is that God gives faith not man.
  • The No 2 truth you need to know is that Yahushua is the Author and Finisher of your Faith.

Taking these things into account the idea of getting more faith just doesn’t make any sense.

Don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t have enough faith because it’s like slapping God in the face – you’ve got the exact amount of faith that you need right now – no more and no less.

So because this topic is very close to my heart I decided to start a video teaching series on it, the first one is all about faith, what it is and isn’t.  It’s about 20 minutes long.

I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

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One thought on “What is Faith? And do you need more of it?

  1. WHY DO MEN REJECT CHRISTIANITY? BY STEVE FINNELL

    Why do people not believe that Christianity comes from God? Why do many who are raised in the church leave the faith?
    Why do many reject the terms for pardon under the New Covenant?

    Some believe the reason men reject the truth of Jesus and the facts of Bible is that church leaders have not proved that the Bible is true. They contend that if only church leaders would use the historical works found outside of Scripture, then men would believe the truth of Christianity.

    WHAT IS THE TRUTH?

    Hebrews 11:1-3 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. (NKJV)

    Faith cannot be proven by studying extra-Biblical historical records about God, the Bible, and Christianity. Faith proven is not faith.

    Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, the just shall live by faith.” (NKJV)

    The gospel of Christ is the power to salvation. Extra-Biblical historical writings to not prove the gospel is true. You cannot prove faith.

    1 Corinthians 1:18-21 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God…….21 it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. (NKJV)

    God saves men through preaching the gospel. God did not use extra-Biblical historical writings to prove that the gospel was true.

    Mark 16:15-16 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 “He who believes and is baptized will be saved…(NKJV)

    Jesus did not tell the disciples to gather evidence outside of Scripture to prove that the gospel was true and then convince people of the gospel truth.

    Do people reject the truth of God, Christianity, and the Bible because church leaders fail to convince them by using the apologetics of extra-Biblical sources? No, they do not. You cannot prove faith nor force anyone to have faith.

    If men reject Jesus it is because they have not heard the gospel preached.

    If believers leaved the church it could be because of lack of Biblical preaching. Not the lack of extra-Biblical evidence.

    If men reject Jesus, God, and the truth found in Scripture it could be because they are not honestly seeking God.

    THE TRUTH IS OFFENSIVE TO THOSE WHO DO HAVE FAITH IN JESUS.

    YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY BLOG. http://steve-finnell.blogspot.com

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