Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Faith

Is faith important? Do we all have the gift of faith within us? Do we need faith to believe in God? These are some of the questions posed by many today, who question not only faith, but also God. According to the New Testament (Hebrews 11:6),  ‘But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.’



According to St Paul faith is ‘the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.’ That is, faith is the unshakable belief in the real existence of blessings which we hope for; it is the certainty for things which we cannot perceive with the eyes. Faith is absolute trust in God and not merely the assumption that God exists.  Faith in God means to completely trust him. Faith, therefore, is the love we show towards Jesus. According to St John of Damascus, faith is the communion with tradition, as is experienced within the Orthodox Church.  

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