What is Faith - Reading List
What is faith? Do you have faith? "Aw, no, I wouldn't bother with that
stuff; that's superstitious stuff. No, I don't have faith." Well, have you ever
walked on the ice of a lake in winter? "Well, yes, I have."
Well, why did you walk on it? You know, yourself, that when you observe water you can't walk on it. And you say, "Oh, no, when it's frozen into ice you can walk on it."
I say to you, "Why do you believe that?"
You say, "I saw other people walk on it. I even saw people who had cars on it and so I knew it was strong enough to withstand my weight."
I say to you, "Have you ever fallen through ice that you thought would bear your weight?
You say, "Yes, of course I have."
And I say, "But you still have faith when you walk on ice?
And you say, "Well, I suppose that's right. I suppose it's not mathematical certainty that I have, because in fact, you're right. I have fallen through it at times, and proven it would not bear my weight. You're right, it is faith in the sense that I don't really know it will bear my weight until I stand on it. So, I suppose, yes, I do have faith. I believe that this ice will hold me up on the basis of the reasonable observations I have made of other people being on it and then I act on that belief. Yes, I suppose I do have faith."
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Quote of the Month
Living a life of faith means never knowing where you are being led. But it does mean loving and knowing the One who is leading.