What is Faith?

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On average, over 60 people every day on the internet ask, "What is faith?" Yet without realizing it all people live by faith, though the focus of their faith will differ whether in science, religion, or health care. Faith is simply a trust or confidence in someone or something. Faith is an action word, as opposed to its precursor; belief. When we act on belief as if it were reality, we are exercising faith.

One’s faith can be either highly educated or blind. But, problems arise when the belief is not based on true principle. Expectations based on false principle leads to disappointment. Often, loss of faith is a product of belief in things that aren’t true. In science, this leads to further research to correct the belief and any associated actions taken. This should be the same in religion or any other field of research.

In a modern information age, with its accompanying skepticism, it is increasingly difficult to act without credible, measurable proof of some proposed belief. In other words, the attempt is to live without faith, acting only on proven principles. The catch is that in so doing, the seeker puts faith in a system of proof that will always prejudice the conclusions.

Is it possible then, to learn a skeptical faith? Is an intelligent, thoughtful faith desirable; is it risk free? Should one plan on gaining an understanding before or after exercising faith? Can understanding come without experience or do they come in tandem? Can one exercise faith, or take certain actions, dictated by a certain belief, for a trial period, and then skeptically analyze the variables and results?

Good pragmatic answers to these questions can be found in the writings of an ancient religious skeptic named Alma, as recorded in The Book of Mormon. You can further your research today by asking for your free copy:

The Bible defines faith as "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1).

If we live by faith, we are optimistic about the future and hope to return to live with God after this life. The opposite of faith is fear. If we don't have faith, we fear the future and can become depressed and discouraged.

How do we gain more faith?

Here are two ways to gain more faith:

By hearing the word of God, including scripture stories about Jesus found in the New Testament. Romans 10:17 says, "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." To learn more of the words of God, be sure and order a free copy of the Bible below.

Obeying God and performing good works for others strengthens our faith. James 2:18 states, "Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works."

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