We must here make a clear distinction between belief and faith, because, in general practice, belief has come to mean a state of mind which is almost the opposite of faith. Belief, as I use the word here, is the insistence that the truth is what one would “lief” or wish it to be. The believer will open his mind to the truth on the condition that it fits in with his preconceived ideas and wishes. Faith, on the other hand, is an unreserved opening of the mind to the truth, whatever it may turn out to be. Faith has no preconceptions; it is a plunge into the unknown. Belief clings, but faith lets go. In this sense of the word, faith is the essential virtue of science, and likewise of any religion that is not self-deception.My definition of faith:
Faith is accepting as truth that for which there is no sufficiently compelling evidence
Faith is accepting as fact that for which there is no ultimate proof
Faith is believing without seeing
Faith is trusting without good reason
Whenever I share my definition of faith with a Christian it is automatically, and with a high haughtiness, dismissed
And in it's place, the Christian asserts that faith is:
"confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see"
Can somebody please explain to me how my definition of faith differs from the biblical definition?
How does having 'confidence in what one hopes for'
'accepting as truth that for which there is no sufficient evidence'?
How does an 'assurance about what we do not see'
an 'acceptance as fact minus ultimate proof'?
The quote above is from Alan Watts. I agree 100% with it.