Sunday, 30 October 2011

Faith is the Building Block of Life

I recently participated on a forum on faith. The question was posed;  What does it mean that the just shall live by faith?

I'm not going to deal with this question today but rather elaborate on its definition. It was interesting to note the different angles bloggers addressed when dealing with faith. Scriptures often interchanges the word faith with religion, belief, trust, and positive expectation. Not always beneficial to the readers. It could lead to confusion especially when we attempt to understand the state of faith. What I mean to say, can faith grow or does it dwell in a absolute state? Just like God's unconditional love, is faith unconditional? We can clearly see that trust and belief can be subjugated to growth but what about faith? Can faith increase or decrease? Before you answer make sure that the scripture that comes to mind is not referring to trust or belief. Because both of these do indeed fluctuate in stature. But what of faith?It is in my opinion that true faith is as limitless as Divine love.

“Faith is the building block of life.”

Let me clarify one of the many misinterpreted passage in the bible regarding faith. Let's take for example Matthew 17:20, the infamous parable of the mustard seed.

'And Jesus said to them, cause of your unbelief: for truly I say to you, If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you.'

Some versions has the words; faith as small as a mustard seed. Unfortunately the addition is incorrect. One will lose the beauty and the message of this parable if we were to add the word 'small as'. You see Jesus was attempting to capture several of the characteristics of a mustard seed. Mustard seeds can grow in almost any environment including a rocky area. Jesus the teacher, is explaining that if you have the tenacity or the persistency of a mustard seed you will push through the rocks and overcome. You will move mountains. It is not referring to having faith the size of a mustard seed but having faith like a mustard seed that thrives in any situation. Faith does not grow. You either have it or you don't.

Again I say don't confuse trust and belief for faith. Faith is the key component to love and love must be unconditional. Faith is what propagates the golden rule. But trust is rooted in self. Trust requires a certain amount of evidence prior in proceeding with a matter. Faith on the other-hand, pushes forward with a positive expectation regardless of the evidence at hand. I may resort to faith when trust is not available.

Faith expects positive and edifying results while long-term fear expects the opposite. It is faith that was lost in Eden because Adam and Eve displayed behaviour that were rooted in fear. However perfect love casts away fear. Faith leads to the door to love, peace and life. Faith is the building block of life. While fear opens the broad gates of hate, chaos, and death. To live in true faith is to live in love with the golden rule. We would edify everyone. Globally, we are not there yet. But one day WE WILL LIVE IN FAITH.

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