Faith

“There are basically two aspects to faith; one might even say two meanings of faith. The first is faith “in” someone or something, faith as the recognition of these persons or things as real, true, genuine, and valuable; for example, faith in God, in Christ, in the Holy Trinity, in the Church. The second is faith in the sense of trust or reliance.”

https://www.oca.org/orthodoxy/the-orthodox-faith/doctrine-scripture/the-symbol-of-faith/faith

Faith is not blind. It is not belief without reason. Just because something is unseen does not mean something is not real.

For example, marriage is unseen, but marriage is real. Marriage is rooted in faithfulness; faithfulness to one’s spouse and faithfulness to the marriage contract. Faithfulness in marriage embodies both a knowledge and belief in the reality of the marriage, though unseen, and loyalty to the marriage which is realizable. There is certainly evidence of marriage. There is evidence of its reality and evidence of its substance though it is unseen.

So too in religion, one’s faith in Christ and God is not built on lack of evidence, but rather is built on very real evidence that one compiles as one seeks God. One’s faith in Christ is built on evidence and facts which are easily discernable and discoverable. These facts are in Holy Scriptures that well predate the events of the Gospels, such as Psalm 21/22, “My God my God, why has thou forsaken me…” that Jesus utters on the Cross, prophesies in Isaiah and prophesies throughout all of the Old Testament pointing to Christ, to His suffering on the Cross and to His Kingdom which has no end.

Proofs can take many forms. We live in a natural world, and we can compare the sayings of the Bible to the natural world and draw conclusions:

The patterns of proof one seeks are associated with both one’s gifts and their limitations. The limitations are held in faith while the gifts provide evidence to one’s own satisfaction of the reality of God and of Christ and of things of Holy Scripture. One builds one’s faith in prayer and in trying to be faithful to the Holy Gospel. In so doing, one makes progress and one also sees one’s intrinsic weakness and failure. This latter experience is most important, because it keeps one humble and grounded so as not to judge others.

It is a sad thing that so many fall away from faith precisely when there is so much evidence for it. It is sad that people buy an illusion of “science” that accuses religion of the very things it in of itself is most guilty; illusion, shallowness, narrow thinking and unreasonableness as well as blind belief being held as some sort of “faith.”

Yes, a man may say, you have faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? [James 2:18-20]

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