[quote="spina1953, post:1106, topic:442045"]
Faith it seems to me a belief in something. I can have faith that God exists even though I can not prove God actually exists. I can have faith that Jesus is the Christ and the Son of God, yet I can not prove it. Faith then is a belief a believing. People have faith a lot of things not just religious beliefs. I have faith in Jesus the Christ being the Son of God and the Son of Man simply because the Apostles believed; they had faith that Jesus was who He said He was.
I think it really depends on how one uses the words faith and belief or believing. I think one can believe in something without having any faith about it one way or the other. On the other hand if one has faith in what Jesus the Christ said taught and did as who He is one then has to believe it true about Jesus the Christ.
One can have faith in the promise that through Christ one can be saved. One can have faith that God has justified one. But in the end, unless one acts on that faith, that is doing something that shows one indeed has faith, faith becomes meaningless if all one says is I have faith but does nothing to show that faith.
Faith a virtue is a gift from God; its a free gift God grants to one. yet, when God grants faith to someone does that mean that one need not do anything with it other than to say I have faith? it seems to me that God expects one to do something the faith than has been given. otherwise its just lip service.
I can say I have faith, but if I don't show faith in action what good is that? all I have done is to say I have faith but did nothing with it. Anyone say they have faith, but if they doing nothing then that faith is useless and means nothing other than lip service. Its like saying I have this job but i don't do anything with it, no work, I just have this job.it then its meaningless and is just some lip service in saying one has a job but does nothing with the job. That is how faith is if one does nothing. faith is action on believing and in this context believing in God, and in Jesus the Christ and doing as Jesus taught us to do by the examples He set.
All one has to do is look at the Apostles and those who believed in Jesus, they were doing showing how faith works, They were not just saying it nor did they say I now have faith so need not do anything I am saved and justified. No they set the same example Christ did but showing faith in action.
I sure agree!
We have to act upon our faith. For example, the woman who was bleeding acted upon her faith. Her faith was, if I can only touch the tassel on his cloak, I'll be healed. If she had simply believed and not acted, she would not have been healed. But her faith saved her because it was strong enough to make her touch Jesus' cloak. That's how our faith saves us.
And the ones who listened to Peter's speech and came to believe, asked, what should we do? (In other words, now that we have faith, what next?) Peter replied, Repent, turn away from your sins, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ so your sins will be forgiven. Then you will be given the Holy Spirit.
Notice their sins weren't forgiven until they were baptized, even though they already had faith.