Faith examples

This reading is in support of the St Thomas mission to support the Year of Faith.

What is faith? If we are to understand how to renew our faith, we must start by understanding the meaning of faith and the uses of the word in the Bible.

If you go to the dictionary you will find definitions such as:

1.     Confidence or trust in a person or thing

2.     Belief that is not based on proof

3.     Belief in God

4.     A system of religious belief (Christian Faith, Jewish Faith)

In the bible, the word faith is used in four distinct and separate manners:

1.     It is used to describe for a personal belief, the mental acceptance of God and his existence: Some examples of this are:

·        Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 King James)

·        We walk by faith not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)

2.     Faith is used to describe work or behavior that demonstrates the complete acceptance of God.

·        We show our faith by our works James 2:14

·        Just as repentance can be seen, so too “Faith can be seen” Mathew 3

3.     Faith is used to show trusting or trustworthiness:

·        The story of Abraham, asked to take the life of his only son

·        Moses who was asked to lead the Israelites from the grips of all mighty Pharaoh

4.     The forth way it is used in the bible is to describe the faith of the masses or a believe by many, as in the Christian faith

There is a funny story about faith:

A man was being chased by a tiger. He ran as hard as he could until he was at the edge of a cliff with the tiger in hot pursuit. The man looked over the edge of the cliff and saw a branch growing out of the side of the cliff a few feet down. He jumped down and grabbed the branch just as the tiger reached the cliff. The tiger growled viciously as the man sighed a great sigh of relief.

Just then a mouse came out from a crevice and began to chew on the branch. The man looked down to what was a drop of a thousand feet and sure death and looked to the heavens and yelled out, “Dear God, if you are there, please help. I will do anything you ask but please help.”

Suddenly a voice came booming down from heaven, “You will do anything I ask?” it questioned.

The man shocked to hear a reply to his plea yelled back, “I will gladly do anything you ask, but please save me.”

 

The voice from heaven then replied, “There is one way to save you but it will take courage and faith.”

The branch began to weaken from the mouse and the tiger was still growling a few feet above the man, “Please, Lord, tell me what I must do and I will do it. Your will is my will.”

The voice from heaven then said, “All right then, let go of the branch.”

The man looked down to a fall of a thousand feet and certain death. He looked up at the hungry tiger a few feet away and he looked at the mouse still chewing on the branch. Then he looked up at the heavens and yelled, “Is there anyone else up there?”

Is your faith strong enough to walk without knowing the destination? To let go and fall without knowing where to land? Will you take the steps in your heart you know are right, when you risk scorn of those who do not believe?

Thank you for your attention and we welcome your prayers and active participation in this mission. God Bless.