On the Nature of Faith

Is faith the unconditional, unquestioning acceptance of dogma in the complete absence of substantiating evidence? Absolutely not!

Is faith simply the acceptance of a fact objectively and unequivocally proven true? Again, no!

Ambiguity is a necessary precondition of faith. Faith involves deciding affirmatively about a certain claim in the absence of absolute, objective certainty, but with the aid of a preponderance of evidence leading to probability. Faith weighs the probability of a claim, and then embraces the truth which is shown to be most probable. If the object of one's faith is indeed most probable, then there is no reason to doubt that it is true. Hence, faith is the certainty that what is most probable is actually true.

"Whatever does not proceed from faith is sin" (Romans 14:23).

"For we walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7).

"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1).

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