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What does it mean to have faith in God? Why does God require it?

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Pepper pot Profile
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Faith comes from latin fides which means reliability, trust between two people. God, or however you define it, doesn't require faith, believers do. This is because there is no truth in this world and if there was it would be rejected. People do not value truthfulness as much as they say they do, because truth is usually ugly and horrifying and people like to live in ignorance. They don't want to know, they sense something off but they just keep distracting themselves. Take a look at how we treat animals in factory farming, or foreign workers, or the animals we experiment on, genetically modified crops and animals, or the humans we've experimented on, the ideas we hold and the wars we rage. Regardless of religion which can be destructive in itself,  I feel you have to believe in something, and it has to be good and greater than mankind.

Why do you not take your fellow men for all the money they have? Some do, but why don't you? If there is no ultimate reason what use is there dying with a clear conscience when you and your family can enjoy this one time existence the best way possible? Banks loan money at an extortionate interest, do those people feel remorse while they are cruising the Mediterranean, why we scrimp and scrape and care whether our elderly neighbour has enough heating through the winter? Pay In for that parking fine? We believe in the golden rule then that leaves the sharks at the top of the pool. Why not be a shark and let those others mess around with a false sense of care for those less fortunate, nature says let them die.  Survival of the fittest.  So why not take care of your own the best way you can because only "your" genes really count, other schmucks can live by "the golden rule." Why not be selfish?

Secondly, why did we become "civilised?" Are we civilised? Thousands of years as hunter gatherers then we decided to start civilisation, why? For me this is what the bible and ancient texts point to, the beginning of civilisation. In Sumerian text Enki or Adapa on behalf of Enki (god of wisdom) brings Me's to Sumer ie "civilisation." In the Bible it is Sin, we wanted to become like God, that is what the snake offered, "you shall become like god knowing good and evil."  In becoming like god we cut ourselves off. Dogs and other species live in the now, they live in harmony with their environment,  we do not, we seek to dominate it. We live in a different mindset. We do not live in harmony, we are selfsh and manipulative in our dealings.  Look at our planet, then look at it before civilisation. 

Are we good for our planet? We are so good for our planet we are escaping the concrete prison for virtual reality. Without a faith in something greater than us we will have no respect for anything, and we view everything as less. We want to dominate and control everything, thank goodness we have only conquered 95% of the ocean. Without any power to be holden to, then there are no limits and we shall [email protected] this world.  We shall bring on our own destruction. This universe will never give up it's secrets, every time science tries to pin it down it changes, why? Because we destroy and consume everything we discover.

sm cl Profile
sm cl answered

For Bible readers Hebrews 11:1 says " Faith is the assured expectation of what is hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities that are not seen."

God requires it because he is not a being visible to our eyes, and some of the things he has promised have not yet come to fruition. So faith in important because it is an active demonstration of a person's active trust in the carring out of his will.

AnnNettie Paradise Profile

Faith is more than just a belief.  At James 2:19 the scripture said that the demons believe in God yet it also said that “The demons believe and shudder,” so they certainly have no faith. (James 2:19) Activity in harmony with faith is necessary to demonstrate one’s faith. Because faith is not an inherent quality, it must be acquired, and this is successfully accomplished through a diligent study of God’s Word, the Bible.

The reason why God requires us to have faith is found in Hebrews 12:1 where we are admonish “Let us throw off every weight and the sin that easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Therefore, our faith is not something to take for granted. “The sin that easily entangles us” is lack of faith. A hard fight is required if we are to keep on “walking by faith.”


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DDX Project answered

Because it makes you feel better to believe in something in the case that you can't believe in yourself to accomplish something.

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Tom Jackson answered

Just to indicate that "faith" might not be simply defined.  (I have not listed the source because "debunking" the source would beg the question: "Is this source correct in its interpretation of the issue?")

Analysis of the act of faith from the subjective standpoint

(a) The light of faith. — An angel understands truths which
are beyond man's comprehension; if then a man were called upon to assent to a
truth beyond the ken of the human intellect, but within the grasp of the
angelic intellect, he would require for the time being something more than his
natural light of reason, he would require what we may call "the angelic
light". If, now, the same man were called upon to assent to a truth beyond
the grasp of both men and angels, he would clearly need a still higher light,
and this light we term "the light of faith" — a light, because it
enables him to assent to those supernatural truths, and the light of faith
because it does not so illumine those truths as to make them no longer obscure,
for faith must ever be "the substance of things to be hoped for, the
evidence of things that appear not" (Hebrews 11:1). Hence St. Thomas (De
Veritate, xiv, 9, ad 2) says: "Although the Divinely infused light of
faith is more powerful than the natural light of reason, nevertheless in our
present state we only imperfectly participate in it; and hence it comes to pass
that it does not beget in us real vision of those things which it is meant to
teach us; such vision belongs to our eternal home, where we shall perfectly
participate in that light, where, in fine, in God's light we shall see light'
(Ps. Xxxv, 10)."


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