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February 15, 2014

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In the same way, biblical faith rests upon our knowledge, and our knowledge rests upon the evidence.
‘Trust’ accurately communicates the biblical idea of faith.

No, Brett is off-base on this one. The Biblical idea of faith, quite pure and simply, is that it is given of God. A more closely related synonym for 'faith' in the Bible is 'belief'. Further, faith in the Bible does not rest upon OUR knowledge--faith in the Bible rests upon God's gracious work on our behalf.

To Alan's article, while he is correct in his reasoning and conclusions, there's an even more solid Biblical reason for this: there is no possible way that Allah is the same as Yahweh. When the LORD told the Israelites at Mt. Sinai, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me", and when Moses recited the Shema, "Hear O Israel, the LORD our God, the Lord is one" what is being said is not that God is above and more powerful than all these other gods. What God is saying is that all these other gods are fake! They aren't real. They don't exist. Thus, there is only one God, and clearly Allah is not the One True God of the Bible. Allah is a false, fake, and non-existent invention.

I remember the three fold component of faith I had learned in catechism: knowledge, assent, trust. (KAT). Our faith is based on the gracious workings of God which anyone could acknowledge. Anyone with ears can hear the message. But the trust is essential. But trust is not faith of itself. That is why I find Brett's assessment a little weak: Let’s use the word ‘trust’ instead. ‘Trust’ accurately communicates the biblical idea of faith.

May I suggest another word which builds on this trust component: confidence. This word is, after all, built from the Latin word for faith, fides.

Interchangeable, also confusingly, with the word in Greek pistis, is the idea of faithfulness. I think his point was that faith does not mean believing something just because without evidence. It means to press on even though you might not see the results, and definitely has quite a few flavors. A hard word to translate. It definitely does not mean blind acceptance of principals though.

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