Faith, defined by the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, is the strong belief in a religion, based on spiritual conviction rather than proof. Christianity as a religion has its beliefs and principles highly based on faith and not sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says for we (believers or Christians) walk by faith not by sight. Even the cleansing process of a sinner in becoming a Christian is all based on faith, i.e. the making of a Christian is an act of faith. Walking by sight means walking or living according to what can be seen with the eye or the visual perception. For example, most people marry because they now have money enough to start a family. It’s not bad though but if that is the only reason then it’s by sight.
The evidence of things not seen is when all that we can rely on physically or could be thought of as possible with our human strength are put aside but rely on God. It is easier to have faith in things we have no control over than those that we can do it our way. Example, someone rich enough to buy cars would be difficult to have faith in getting a car since he can buy one for himself at any time, hope is therefore not so much needed in purchasing the car. So faith is the substance of things hoped for – Hebrew 11:1. But why should one hope for something that is seen? He has it already.
God cannot be seen but by faith we know that He is. Hebrews 11:6 says… them that come to God must know that He is. The evidence that God exists is creation, and acceptance of that comes through faith.
There are a lot of things in the Bible that seem difficult to agree with in the human terms but by faith, we are convinced that it is true. Every Christian must have faith in God for everything, for without it, it is impossible to please Him.
By: Ameyaw Bernice Ama