Law of the pendulum
Richard Dawkins, “Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is a belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.
[2Co 5:7] For we walk by faith, not by sight. But Faith is not blind.
The Greek word for faith, pistis, is derived from the verb pisteuo, which means “to convince by argument.”
What faith is not: name it, claim it, frame it
Can’t be healed because of a lack of faith?
- [Dan 3:16 NASB] Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego
- [Dan 3:17-18 NASB] "If it be [so,] our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. "But [even] if [He does] not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up."
[Gal 5:5 NASB] For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness.
[Rom 10:8 NASB] But what does it say? "THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART"--that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus [as] Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
[Eph 2:8-9 NASB] For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, [it is] the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
[Rom 10:17 NASB] So faith [comes] from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
[Heb 11:1 KJV] Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
[Heb 11:1 NIV] Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
[Heb 11:1 NASB] Now faith is the assurance (ὑπόστασις: a support, substance, steadiness, assurance) of things hoped for, the conviction (ἔλεγχος: argument) of things not seen.
[Heb 11:2 NASB]
For by it the men of old gained approval.
- [Heb 11:4 NASB] By faith Abel
- [Heb 11:5 NASB] By faith Enoch
- [Heb 11:7 NASB] By faith Noah,
- [Heb 11:8 NASB] By faith Abraham,
- [Heb 11:11 NASB] By faith even Sarah
- [Heb 11:17 NASB] By faith Abraham,
- [Heb 11:20 NASB] By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau,
- [Heb 11:21 NASB] By faith Jacob,
- [Heb 11:22 NASB] By faith Joseph,
- [Heb 11:23 NASB] By faith Moses,
- [Heb 11:29 NASB] By faith they passed through the Red Sea
- [Heb 11:31 NASB] By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies in peace.
[Heb 11:3 NASB]
By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.
- Faith is not controlling one's own future, but accepting the future God has for you.
- Faith is believing God despite our circumstances.
- Faith is not defined as believing in something you can see.
- Our relationship with God has always been based on faith and evidence.
Jean Francois Gravelet, a Frenchman known professionally as Charles Blondin