The idea of faith has always been one that baffles me. I’ve heard the word tossed around and used in many different contexts. If you have enough faith you will be healed. As if it is something that we muster up and get to a certain point before something good will be done for us. Or how about Jesus’ famous line that with the faith the size of a mustard seed that we can throw around mountains? I’ve never seen a mountain move around me or in my life. People will say that we have to stir up the faith or have our faith stretched or some people go through tests of faith. The whole concept of faith I think is misleading when we use it as a word.
The longer I follow Jesus the more I realize that faith is not something you can point to and say there that’s faith. You cannot convince someone that your faith is right and their faith is wrong. You cannot create faith or make it up. I have a good friend of mine who has recently walked away from the faith, well that’s what most of us call it. Now typically, I would have tried to convince him that it was a bad decision. I would be disappointed that he chose a lesser faith, a faith that is incomplete. I would have talked about it with my friends and talked about how my friend doesn’t believe the right faith anymore.
I realize now that faith is not something that is right or wrong. I can’t call my faith right and someone’s faith wrong. That doesn’t make sense. It’s like calling someone’s preference in the Detroit Red Wings over the Toronto Maple Leafs wrong, even if Detroit did better than Toronto. It’s not an accurate judgement on what faith is to call it wrong or right. Faith can’t be wrong.
Another thing we can’t do with faith is prove it. If we could actually prove faith, then we wouldn’t need it. All these logical arguments for faith, and us being trained on how to logically prove that our faith makes more logical sense than someone else’s faith goes against the very definition of faith. If someone can logically prove to you that your faith is inaccurate, guaranteed someone smarter will just prove the opposite. You can’t fight someone to show them your faith makes more sense. The definition of faith means that logically, it probably makes no sense.
So what can faith be based on? Well it’s not based on us. That’s why it’s so hard to understand or explain. Maybe we aren’t supposed to explain our faith like it makes more sense than breathing and we are just supposed to live it.