Faith began at creation and was how we knew that Yahweh was the Creator:
Verse 1-2: 1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2For by it the elders obtained a good report.
Verse 3:3Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Verse 4: 4By faith "Abel" offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
Verse 5: 5By faith "Enoch" was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
Verse 6: 6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Verse 7: 7By faith "Noah", being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
Verse 8: 8By faith "Abraham", when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
Verse 9: 9By faith "he" sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
Verse 10: 10For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
Verse 11: 11Through faith also "Sara" herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
Verse 12: 12Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
Verse 13:13"These" all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
Why would Abraham be considered more a pilgrim and a stranger on the Earth than Noah? Wouldn't Abel also be considered a stranger as well? It was only one generation prior to him where there weren't any humans on the Earth. When Enoch was removed from his environment by Yahweh (translated) wouldn't he also have been a stranger in his new surroundings? Perhaps a pilgrim as well.
You folks, because of your persistent belief in the pagan ideas of Catholicism...... have blinded yourself to the reality of what scriptures are actually teaching you.
We continue to read of faith exemplified by Isaac [11:20]; by Jacob [11:21]; by Joseph [11:22]; by Moses' parents [11:23]; by Moses [11:24-28]; The Israelites [11:29-30]; by Rahab 11:31]; By Gideon, Barak, Sampson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the Prophets [11:32]; By faith they conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; Their weakness turned to strength, They became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead.....raised again to life. Others were tortured and refused to be released so that they might gain a better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging while others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated. The world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains and in caves and holes in the ground 11:33-38].
Verse 39-40: 39And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 40God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
But.....you folks say we're only talking about Abraham's descendants in verse 13. Tell me.....does that include Ishmael, the Arab Nations and Muslim Countries? They all descended from Abraham.....also.
Are you aware that there were no paragraphs, chapters and verse divisions until the Archbishop of Canterbury designed them in about 1200 A.D.?
Here is what Abel did: Offered the best parts of a lamb as a sacrifice to the Lord [Genesis 4:1-16]
Here is what Enoch did: "truly loved God" [Genesis 5:21-26]
Here is what Noah did: Believed God’s warning that God was going to destroy the evil people of the world in a flood. Built a large boat (ark) as God commanded to save his family and animals. [Genesis 6:1-9;17]
Here is what Abraham did: Left the security of his homeland, when God called him to go to a new land where God would give him many descendants. [Genesis 12:1-9]
Here is what Sarah did: Was too old to have children, but she had faith that God would give her a child anyway. [Genesis 18:1-15]
Here is what Isaac did: Gave a blessing to his sons Jacob and Esau [Genesis 27:1-40]
Here is what Jacob did: Blessed his grandsons Ephraim and Manasseh (Joseph’s sons) [Genesis 48:1-22]
Here is what Joseph did: Used his position in the Egyptian government to save his family when they went to Egypt during a time of famine in Caanan. Also, trusted that God would lead the Hebrew people of Israel out of Egypt. [Genesis 37/50]
Here is what Moses did: Refused to be considered the king’s grandson; led the Hebrew people out of Egypt; celebrated Passover. [Exodus 1/15]
Here is what Rahab did: Helped two Israelite spies escape Jericho so they could make a report to their commanders. [Joshua 2:1-3]
Here is what Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah did:Performed acts of heroism and helped the Israelites to gain control of the land (Canaan) promised to Abraham and his descendants. [Judges 4/16]
Here is what David did: Slew the giant Goliath and helped the Israelites to conquer Canaan. [I Samuel 16:1][I Kings 2:11]
Here is what Samuel did: Led the people of Israel as a judge and prophet. [I Samuel 1:1]
Now let's take a closer look at Enoch since this seems to be the bone of contention....whether or not he died.
[Jude 14-16]14And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 15To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. 16These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.
Enoch was a preacher and walked to the beat of a different drummer from those around him. Because of this it was important for Yahweh to remove (translate) him from the area because he would obviously have been in danger of suffering.....probably a violent death.
[Genesis 6:5-7]5And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
Because of the silliness of Greek Asceticism and the Catholic Church's acceptance of this foolish doctrine....an entirely false theology has been built up around the word, "Translate". All it means is to remove someone/something to a different location. It does not mean....to carry someone off to heaven!