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Last edited at 2:33PM on 12/7/2012
We've had plenty of interpretations of religious faith, but faith is a much broader term than that. It's having the confidence that what you expect to happen will certainly happen. You can have faith in a set of circumstances working out in a particular way, or that a particular person will act in a predictable way.
It can apply in a lot of areas and faith (a noun) can become faithful (an adjective) or even unfaithful. My wife, Daizy, had a friend whose name was Faith. And, of course, that led me to the situation where I had faith that if, I was unfaithful with Faith, Daizy would have pruned me with a pair of gardening shears.
Religious faith, of course, is believing something that sounds good and you hope it will work out. (It's a bit like responding to one of those emails that promise to send you $1M if you provide your bank details.)
The word 'faith' is not limited to religion. We exercise it when we eat food prepared by total strangers w/o fear of getting sick; or sitting in a chair for the first time; of being herded onto an airplane built, maintained, fueled, piloted by total strangers and 'believing' it will take us where our ticket says and even being fairly certain we and our baggage will arrive at the same city. Everyone lives by faith every day. Christian faith is placing our trust and reliance on a Person, Jesus Christ, for the salvation of our souls; based on Who He is, what He said and what He did. It is not wishful thinking or dreaming or pretending, which is ridiculous reasoning. It is based on the reality of Jesus Christ Himself. It is also because it is a act of the soul that confuses those still holding onto unbelief. I once was blind, but now I see. The eyes of faith is a gift from God Himself to those who humbly seek Him. God is not obligated to give this type of spiritual faith to His enemies....but He will, if He looks at the heart and sees repentance and a willingness to trust Him. He is so merciful and loving.
Like james said in hebrews 11:11 it is the things hoped for and the evidence not seen. This means that you believe in something because it feels good to you while there is nothing that accurately supports it. In other words, it is ignorance.