[quote=Singinbeauty]I often speak of TRUE Faith in many of my posts because I believe that there is FAITH then there is TRUE FAITH. You can have Faith that God exists, as the pharisees did, but TRUE FAITH means that you have to swallow EVERYTHING that God commands. That Jesus is God and died for our sins, which the pharisees did not believe, this is what I mean by TRUE Faith. There is no such thing as cafateria faith. You can’t just pick and choose what you are going to have faith in and what you aren’t. As evident when Jesus let those disciples walk away when they could not accept what He was teaching.
What do you think?
Singing, I’m once again impressed w/ you. As soon as the thread got off on another track, you created a new thread.
I understand what you are saying but you are creating a definition of a word (faith) that is not correct. Words mean something so that thoughts, ideas, principles and truth can mean something. When we “make up” our own definition, we are unable to communicate with others who have a different definition. Faith means by definition “unquestioning belief”. Pope Benedict (when he was Cardinal Ratzinger) took 90 pages in “Introduction to Christianity” to explain what it means to believe and faith means that you approach what you hold as truth without question or reservation.
You are trying to add the component of “love” to faith and this is not semantically correct. Love is our response to our faith but it isn’t a prerequisite or automatic. I can unquestioningly believe that God exists and have no love (which Paul called a faith without life but it still remains faith). Once I have Faith, I need to pray for the gifts of Love, Hope, and Charity. These are all distinct gifts from God for which we must respond to God’s invititation to Faith, His unconditional Love, His unending promise of his Mercy through Christ, and calling to Witness the Good News.
In short, you are trying to combine two distinct "thoughts (faith and love) into your own definition that you call “True Faith”. While in your mind, you know what you are talking about but many other people have definitions of “True Faith” that are different and these differences erect barriors for effective communication. For instance, some use “True Faith” when referencing what the Catholic Church teaches, others use “True Faith” to describe Mormonism, others use “True Faith” to describe Paganism.
In fact, maybe I’m pretty thick-headed, when I read your definition of “True Faith” what I hear is the combination of Faith and Charity as Charity is the outward response to Faith in God and basking in God’s Love and Hope. Anyway, see why it is imperative that to communicate thoughts we ahve to be diligent about using words for which the definitions are clear and universally understood?