Have you ever gone to a dictionary to look up the meaning of a word, found a cental word used to describe the original word, looked the latter word up, only to be referred back to the original word? I feel that way about the definition of “faith.” If faith is a gift from God, it can’t be merely what we believe in good conscience about the dynamic divine. It can’t be effectively subjective and yet many of the ways it is described seem related to our state of mind or heart. (Wesley’s heart that was strangely warmed, e.g.) How do we talk about faith in ways that encompass God’s hope and God’s love implanted within us without making us seem robotic? Or where a “faith response” is beyond God responding to God? How can we apply “reason” to faith when faith is a gift? Is reason merely what we use to understand the gift?
Martin Luther said this (and much more) about faith:
Faith is a living, bold trust in God’s grace, so certain of God’s favor that it would risk death a thousand times trusting in it. Such confidence and knowledge of God’s grace makes you happy, joyful and bold in your relationship to God and all creatures. (Project Wittenberg translation by Rev. Robert E. Smith.)
Given 50 words, how would you describe, define or expound on faith?