What is faith? Can we have too little faith? Can we have too much faith? Do we have enough faith? What, or who, should we put our faith in? If we have faith in a Divine being, what is S/He like? Is faith quantitative or qualitative? What does faith achieve? Where do you find faith? How do you get it? Is it worth searching for? Or will it arrive as a gift? Is it something we do? Or something we choose to receive/reject? What does faith look/smell/taste/sound/feel like?
I will not attempt to answer these questions. I guess I believe that anyone who asks such questions probably already has faith. So, instead, I will walk you through what I think I know about faith:
- Faith is a unique thing for each person; as unique as the relationship Creator has with each one of us.
- The character of the God that we have faith in is more important than the faith itself.
- For me, faith is trusting in the faithfulness of God.
- ‘God is Love’. I have faith in this statement and this God.
- It is impossible to please God without faith.
- In the Hebrew/Greek sacred text, faith is often talked about in the context of small things (mustard seeds, children) so it is probably more qualitative in essence than quantitative.
- What can be achieved through faith is talked about in the context of large things like moving mountains, growing big trees, enacting miracles.
- Maybe we should not ask ourselves, ‘Is my faith big/good enough?’, but instead, ‘What color is my faith? What color is your faith?’
- To believe that God loves me perfectly, sent Christ to secure my friendship and asks me merely to have an inkling of faith to receive abundant eternal life is probably not too much for me (most days!!).
- If this is too much for you at the moment, may I suggest you hang with someone who has faith in a God/dess that you want to believe in. Also, spend some time with young children (under 7) because they are our teachers when it comes to having faith.
So, please, don’t make faith harder than it is, and don’t judge another person’s style of faith and don’t belittle your own attempt at faith. All (and any) faith delights our loving, faithful Creator. Christians believe that when Christ returns, one of the big questions will be, ‘Is there faith on earth?’
I hope the answer is ‘Yes!’
If you would like to read more about faith, I suggest reading this blog post: Faith so Simple