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Why does God require faith?



    
    

Clarify Share Report Asked July 01 2013 Mini Anonymous (via GotQuestions)

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
Our relationship with God is similar to our relationship with others in that all relationships require faith. We can never fully know any other person. We cannot experience all they experience nor ...

July 01 2013 3 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Mini Shantkumar S. Kunjam An Indian, Mennonite Church, Pastor, Administrator, Bishop,
I agree with S. Michael Houdmann's answer, but I would like to add a few things.

Christian faith in God is never a blind faith or a leap in the dark. Christian faith is always based on previously known facts. "Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good" (Ps. 34:8) is like "Come and see" (Jn. 1:39), an invitation first to check and then to make decision. 

It is like trusting the key that has so far opened the door for us. We trust that it will keep on opening the door in the future also. When we see and experience the nature we know that they are very much trust worthy. We believe that sun will not fail tomorrow, hence we plan all our works accordingly.

Now we Christians are invited to have faith in the word of God. Let us take for example Jn. 3:16. All humans are invited to believe the genuineness of this statement. But before accepting this blindly in v. 14 we are given one historical fact. We are invited to check whether that record is historically true or not. The Bible is full of prophetical statements. And Bible claims that many are fulfilled. On the basis of those fulfilled prophetical promises we are invited to believe in other promises also.

The O.T. gives many criteria for the coming Messiah. The N.T. claims that Jesus our Lord is that promised Messiah. The truth seekers are invited to check whether or not Jesus Christ fulfilled those criteria. If yes, then believe in Jesus Christ.

God has promised that Jewish people will never cease to be a people group (Jer. 31:31-40; read specially vs. 35-37). Just check in history if God is keeping this promise or not. If yes then have faith in the God of the Bible.

I was born and brought up in a Christian family. But at the age of 28 years I was convicted of my past sins and unchristian life style. I committed my life to the Lord. That has changed my life. The Lord gave me a deep urge to study the Bible in a deeper way. So I left my lucrative job and joined a seminary to do Bible study. Before going to seminary I had told God that I will never ask anyone for monetary help and I had told God that I would totally depend on Him for all my physical needs

Dear friends, the Lord has never failed me. At the age of 70 I still depend on the Lord for my daily needs. My faith in God is not a blind faith. I know that this God of the Bible is true and faithful. He has been faithful to me in the past and I have faith in Him that He will be faithful to me in future and in eternity also. Praise the Lord!

February 10 2014 3 responses Vote Up Share Report


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10154324 660559607325867 601417579 n Paul Bayne Business Owner, Husband and Father of Four Kids & Blogger
We use faith on a daily basis and think nothing of it. We use faith taking an elevator, taking advil, or even driving down the road. We use faith when we get our income and deposit it in the bank. Faith is one of life's most common reactions--it's funny though, when we talk about having faith in God all of the sudden, people get their backs up. God is invisible and He is a spirit. We need faith to believe in His existence, to serve Him and to trust in His eternal assurance.

Faith is believing in that which we can't see, but because we have faith (that comes from the Holy Spirit), we can rest in the assurance that God is real, and His love over us is real as well. 

To those who don't want to swallow this, I just ask them if they believe in gravity. They of course say yes. I ask them why. They say that without gravity, we would all float off into space. To me, I would answer, we see gravity's effects all around us. This is how I know God exists, I see His influence all around me. It takes no more faith to believe in God than it takes to believe in gravity. Simple.

February 11 2014 1 response Vote Up Share Report


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Img0000 Tony Medley
Simply: Faith is given by God as a gift. Therefore; if you have not faith you have not been converted, it is only by the grace of God we receive the gift of faith. However; if you truly exercise Godly sorrow, repent of your sins and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ wholly upon His Person, for His cleansing Blood and righteousness you will be saved, and thus will now be able to exercise that faith given by the free grace of God.

February 11 2014 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Img808 Bartley R Verner Supporter Elder Emeritus, Christ Presbyterian Church PCA
God requires faith because faith in Him comes from Him. Our faith in God does not come from with us. It comes from faith placed in our heart by God. (Eph 2:8)

February 11 2014 1 response Vote Up Share Report


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1385395570 Rev. Calvin Banks
Perhaps another way to view the question and to understand the will of God is to ask; why is faith necessary? And the easy answer would be that faith is necessary in order for us to know God.

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February 11 2014 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Image David Sutton
Without faith it's impossible to please God. It's very hard to get people to act on things they can see feel and touch. God new that we would want more than just his sayings in scriptures. He new that it would be difficult to for us to believe and obey the gospel unless our faith was there and strong. 

I believe that's why there are so many stories about what was accomplished when our faith was strong enough to act on what God instructed us to do. Hebrews chapter 11 is full of faith driven examples 

The story of Naaman in the Old Testament when he was told how to cure leprosy dipping in the river Jordan seven times. Weak faith would have kept him from dipping that many times. The walls of Jericho would they have fallen if instructions had not been followed exactly as they we told to do. 

Faith is one thing that's has not changed. Strong faith will cause you after you've heard the word of God to act upon it. Romans 10:17 says that faith come by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
Faith is to have hope upon things unseen.

We must know there is someone with more knowledge than ourselves

February 11 2014 1 response Vote Up Share Report


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Image Thomas Mathew A retired Scientist
Faith Of Abraham was Based upon Revelation(Gen 15:7),An obedient faith (Heb 11:8)A trusting The (Gen.15:6).. Abraham’s faith was a growing faith. Faith is not an on/off switch. But something that can grow and even become “great.” We all have busy lives and many demands on our time. We must seek to have a growing Faith in Jesus Christ. 

Carnally minded man begins his thinking with something other than God. And then believes in God merely as a probability or a possibility. Belief is an opinion or judgment in which a person is fully persuaded, A confidence is a trust that is based on knowledge or past experience.
Let us evolve a formula 
Faith= (Belief + Action + Confidence)
Faith originates with God. Righteous lives by faith. Faith comes from hearing (Rhema) God. Hear the message from God externally and listen to it internally (Rom.10:17). Rom 3:22. A belief is a matter of the mind. John3:16. Faith is an orienting of the whole person in trust. Belief is conceptual. Faith is a matter of character.

Faith in God was only real when we believed God and trusting in his promises as God directed. Believing is the response of Faith which comes with God. Trust the Word (Logos)of God

February 12 2014 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Image BITRUS DANIEL
Faith helps and enables us to understand everything, what is and what could be. The very nature of humans existence is faith based, every human being has faith, though differently. "As faith is the substance of things hope for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1)

What God strongly requires is not Faith but Faith in Him. What He offers becomes the substance we hope for, instead of things that are worthless.

April 21 2015 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Andy  3 photo Andy Mangus I am a Christian since October 1979 & devoted truth seeker.
My short answer take on this question is: God tells us each "to take up our cross and follow Him". Only God is deserving of our worship and praise! Only He is Holy, Just and deserving for only He is our redeemer unto salvation! Well, what is the requirement from us that has to be exhibited or "put forth from us" in order for us to take up our cross? First, we each have to "have faith--which is trust, belief and steadfast conviction that only He is Holy, Just and Pure and that "He will not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the power and the Glory forever and ever! Amen! **This is my description of faith in action and exhibited towards God and being obedient unto the Lord!

You can't really have any faith unless you first have deep, abiding belief and total trust. God tells us to "trust in Him, for only He is just and Holy". 
~~Andy~~

June 30 2016 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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