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A Quick Look — what is Faith?

Hebrews 11:1 — Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Read this again, and ponder each word carefully.

Then let’s look here next:

Mark 11:22-26 22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. 25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

So now we have Hebrews, which shows a definition, if you will, of faith; and we have Mark where we get a vivid example of the use of faith by Jesus. Do you experience the kind of faith that Jesus speaks of here in Mark? Verse 23 says that if you believe and do not doubt, then you can have whatever you say. Do you experience this?

Either the Bible is not telling the truth…or you are not fulfilling the requirements of what Jesus is teaching here. Of course, we could take a third alternative and conclude that the Bible does not mean what it clearly says here; many do that in orthodox religion today. Their experiences do not live up to the claim, so therefore the claim must not be what it says.

So, no, let us not stoop to redefining what God has inspired Mark to write. Greek is quite clear and this set of verses is as clear as they can be (plus other Bible verses support the concept as we will study later). So let’s take God at His Word and ask: does our walk in faith live up to this set of verses. If not, then why not?

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