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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,' then 'knowing' is immediately and obviously impossible. Hope is possible and feeling is possible, but that is all. 
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 +Thinking about this mathematically, using F and E for 'faith' and 'evidence' and K for 'reasonable conclusion': 
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 +For a believer, K = F + E. 
 +For a nonbeliever, K = E  
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 +Since F = 'things I hope for' and hope has no place in an unbiased search for truth, it has no place in a search for 'K' and will more than likely drive the equation to a false 'K' 
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 +On more speculative terms -- why would a God create a world full of measurable and unbreakable physical laws, then require - demand even - that it be sought in a way that excludes evidence? It cannot be for reasons as trite as 'love' as evidence doesn't exclude love. I suspect it has to do with the unfalsifiable nature of the argument by faith -- it is an argument which can never be totally defeated.
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