Being Real: Gravity of Faith

Origin: mid-13c., faith, feith, fei, fai “faithfulness to a trust or promise; loyalty to a person; honesty, truthfulness,”

Faith- quite a simple but misunderstood word.

Not necessarily a religious word on its own, but a word that the religious community has had the corner on its meaning for quite some time.  As I am more of a thought provoker than I am a writer, I want to provoke thoughts on the word faith, not from the religious angle, but on the side of acknowledging our collective connection to the simplest meaning of the word faith

Faith is simply not having any doubt about the validity and absolute confidence of something or someone.

We all have faith, maybe we don’t use that word because of the religious connotations, nonetheless all of us put our absolute confidence in something or someone, including ourselves and the world in which we are part of!

Everyday we wake up with faith (absolute confidence) in gravity, that for some strange reason we won’t shoot off into outer space, because gravity is and has always been part of our daily routine (unless of course you are an astronaut and then you have a completely new take on gravity, because it has been part of your experience).

How Gravity Works- (http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/what-is-gravity/en/)

Faith is not something to be feared, but rather an acknowledgement of what or who it is that we place our complete confidence in.  

Thanks for dropping by,

~EsseRealis

 

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2 thoughts on “Being Real: Gravity of Faith

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  1. The definition you first quote is right on: “faithfulness to a trust or promise; loyalty to a person; honesty, truthfulness,” Thanks so much for bringing this out!

    Faithfulness, loyalty, honesty and truthfulness DO NOT EXIST UNTIL THEY ARE DEMONSTRATED BY ACTIONS, just like we demonstrate our faith in gravity when we USE the laws of gravity in our daily lives. (I.e., I don’t tie myself down to my bed like astronauts have to.)

    This is why the Word tells us that faith is the SUBSTANCE and EVIDENCE of “things not seen” (i.e., our otherwise invisible convictions). This is why the NT writers quote Habbakuk 2:4 three different times: “,,, but the just shall live by his faith.”

    The word translated as “the just” is the word “tzadik”, which means “the righteous man”, and the scriptural definition of a righteous man is “one who faithfully adheres to Torah in his actions.”

    In that same verse in Habakkuk, the word translated as “faith” is the word “emunah” which means “firmness, fidelity, steadfastness, steadiness” — once again, none of these characteristics exist until they are DEMONSTRATED BY ACTIONS. Although mental conviction UNDERLIES the concept of “emunah”, it has no reality until it is revealed in our actions.

    May we all come to the firm conviction that our mental assent to the Good News of the Kingdom is of no value until it is DEMONSTRATED in our OBEDIENT adherence to God’s Ways, which are NOT our ways.

    Thanks for an excellent article!

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