Where does faith come from? Is faith something that can be brought and stored away for the future when everything in ones life seems to go wrong? Most practical thinking people know this not to be true, in fact – when times of tribulation do occur, this is where our faith is truly being tested. This article is not so much about Christian faith, it is a reference point for anyone to use as a guide on the intricacies of how faith is an integral part of our everyday life.
The main dispensation and component for acquiring faith is not a materialistic medium or package that contains some mystical or magical logic. One could assume that faith is a lot like love, summing up a deep devotion of principles and beliefs that make up the human spirit. According to The American Heritage Dictionary faith is defined as “Confident belief in truth, value, or trust – worthiness of a person, an idea, or a thing – belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence.” The Song of Moses scripture passage contains a most powerful assertion from chapter 32 of Deuteronomy verse 20. “And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.” This scripture passage points to an important factor – where faith can also be seen as a tested trial that some people do not believe in, or simply do not put their full heart into the true purpose and meaning of having faith.
During mankind’s history and development relating to faith, there have been many men and women who have achieved great things. Many of these accomplishments have been duly noted by historians and common folk who have testified that having deep faith is what sets apart people who achieve success even under the most dire of circumstances. There are many scripture passages that point out the importance of having faith and how it is interwoven in the human element, it is the very fabric that makes up for all our human frailties. Luke, chapter 7 Verses 47 through 50 speaks of faith and how we can regain it. “Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.” These are the words that Jesus spoke in reference to Mary who once losing all faith and her dignity as a woman, but later regained it while in the presence of men who were of little faith – whom had judged her very harshly.
Faith can also be looked at from many view points and perspectives, it engages us to rethink the morale value of what we believe in, and it is the source of our inner unobserved strength.