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 Faith appears to be a placeholder term and its meaning shifts depending on whom you ask. Faith appears to be a placeholder term and its meaning shifts depending on whom you ask.
  
-To some faith means "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1, esv).+According to the bible, ​faith means "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1, esv). 
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 +In the plain sense, this means that you cannot be sure -- an assurance based on hope and without direct evidence. Some might claim this excludes the four other senses that provide direct evidence, but this is a childishly silly response; I doubt the same people would want the same pedantic knee-jerk applied to all the other verses in scripture. So, faith is explicitly stated as without physical evidence, and this comports with other uses in scripture (i.e. "​doubting"​ thomas). 
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 +Additionally,​ the Christian faith is (currently) centered around "​knowing"​ that God exists, it loves you, and wants a personal relationship with you. Since the Christian 'sees by faith,'​ This is immediately and obviously impossible.  
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faith.txt · Last modified: 2018/04/10 09:38 by glennd