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What Faith Is – or – What Is Faith?

Many people, even believers, often ask what faith is, or they’ll ask “What is faith?” Reading your Bible helps you find it…

What Faith is to Christians

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

According to Christians, you can find certainty and loyalty by trusting in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen.

Faith is more than just crossing your fingers and hoping for the best. It requires trust that God will meet whatever needs you have in your life.

As a noun, it is the spiritual belief in God. It can be defined as complete trust, or confident reliance, on someone else’s character, abilities and promises. Used as a verb, it means that you have “faith in something” or “lives by faith”

It is the confident belief in something that can’t be proven. It is a belief that is not based on evidence or proof. Used as a verb, it means to believe in someone or something without any evidence to back it up.

The Belief in the Existence of God?

Faith is all about believing in the existence of God, even though there is no proof or evidence for His existence. It’s about believing in what you cannot see or know for sure exists.

Every day, people all around the world ask themselves this question, “Is God real?” This is a question that has been debated for centuries. Some people have a strong trust in Christ and believe that God exists. Others do not.

Those who do believe often say they know God exists because they feel it in their hearts and souls.

According to the Bible

The Bible’s definition is not just an inner conviction, but also an active trust in God. So if you want to know what faith is, read your Bible!

Biblically, it is not just a conviction that something is true or a feeling of certainty about something. This alone could be said for any self-help book that we read. However, the Bible has many examples of faith being defined as an active process:

  • Abraham going out into the unknown world
  • Moses parting the Red Sea through courage
  • David going out against Goliath despite his huge size
  • The apostle Paul being beaten, shipwrecked and then walking around on the island of Malta

How to Find Faith

Some people do not have strong trust in themselves, in their religion, or even in country. This leads to a decrease of faith and an increase in stress.

It is tough to find one’s own faith these days when there are so many things that can make you question it. But finding it does not have to be impossible. There are ways for you to find it for yourself and grow it into the strength you need to go through the tough times of life.

  1. Find a faithful group of friends. It is common for one to go through a period where they question what they believe in especially when it comes to God.

    Often times, you might find that you feel alone and isolated from those around you. You might be able to find a group of friends online or in your local area who are open and encouraging of your journey.

  2. Build community with other people who believe in God, even if they’re not Christians. I’m a Christian but I don’t think it’s important for people to be Christians in order to have a strong community.

    We are all human beings, and we all want the same thing: peace. I find that when I create community with other people who believe in God, even if they’re not Christians, it’s easier to come together and fight for what we believe in.

Professing Your Faith in God

If you build a community or you’re already involved in one where you know there are people who say they believe in God but they’re not Christians saved by grace, you can lead these people to Christ by your actions. You can publicly show your beliefs by giving your testimony or, if you’re not already, get baptized.

You may even want to introduce daily devotionals in your groups. This will help bring others to Christ while helping you maintain your own faith.

For a more in-depth look into this Christian topic, visit Christianity.com.

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