This is a spin-off from another thread:
[quote=Della]Faith is much more than a feeling. According to Heb.11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. There’s nothing mentioned in Scripture or Church teaching that faith is a feeling. Faith is not unreasonable. It is not believed in spite of reason, but is supported by reason.
[quote=SpiritMeadow]I think you are being a bit picky. Faith like love, hate, anger, compassion, are not really things that one can make oneself feel. They are emotions. Faith may be arrived at purely intellectually I would argue, but I doubt that is what happens for most people. It is an emotional belief, a feeling. The fact that it is not defined in the bible as such is of no import. We are merely talking about the feeling of faith. I submit, you cannot make yourself be faithful. The mind is not it appears subject to that type of control. When we say that we will obey the Church in its teaching, regardless of how much we might think it wrong, we are not changing our mind really, but we are agreeing we will not speak or write contrary to the teaching and will make every effort to belief as we are told. However…and its a big however, we cannot make the mind believe what it does not believe, no matter how dearly we may wish to.
So, who is right and why? (I’ll put in my :twocents: after others have had a chance to post.)