Authentic faith requires activity. Thus, while the Holy Spirit feeds and nurtures our soul, we respond by searching our soul so that the Spirit’s guidance isn’t wasted. Furthermore, by confirming our faith subjectively, we view the world and its changes intuitively and equitably. In other words, we view the world through a faith that is spontaneous, yet impartial. So, our faith is confident, compelling, and trustworthy as we reach out to the world.
People will trust us only when our faith is authentic. It may seem that growing an authentic faith is too difficult but learning to search our soul and listening to the Holy Spirit comes with time. We don’t acquire authentic faith immediately after we submit ourselves to Jesus Christ.
Google defines faith as “complete trust or confidence in someone or something” and “a strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.” The Bible defines faith as “Confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Notice that the secular definition is broader, while the biblical definition focuses on faith in God. They both define faith from differing perspectives, and I am not suggesting that one is wrong, while the other is right. Still, a relationship with God doesn’t require proof. It happens on its own as we respond to God’s love, mercy, and grace. On the other hand, we can have “complete trust or confidence in someone or something,” such as friends, family member, co-workers, and teachers, even our pastors and religious institutions. Again, the more secular definition is a broader definition that tries to define faith in both the secular and spiritual realm.
Next week: Is God on our Side or Are We on His?