What is Faith?
Why is it considered a virtue to have faith? Faith by definition is believing in something for which there is no proof of. Would it also be considered virtuous to believe in other things without proof or is faith the only thing that lacks proof that it is considered virtuous to believe in?
If someone were to claim to have an invisible friend hiding under their bed that only they can see, would this be a virtuous belief as well or would this be considered a delusional person? What exactly is the defining factor that separates ordinary delusion, “I have an invisible man under my bed” from that of faith, “God is talking to me” and could they both be delusional?
The Webster Dictionary defines faith as:
a : allegiance to duty or a person : loyalty b (1) : fidelity to one’s promises (2) : sincerity of intentions
a (1) : belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) : belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion b (1) : firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2) : complete trust
: something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially : a system of religious beliefs
So if we were to combine the meanings given in the second definition it would mean faith is: a belief and loyalty to a God, which is the traditional doctrines of a religion, and a belief in something for which there is no proof, but that you have a complete trust in.
When a theist says they have ‘faith’ in God, they are really saying they have a belief and complete trust in something for which there is no proof of. Faith by definition is a belief in something that cannot be proven, so when a theist claims to have complete faith in a God, they are admitting they believe in a fictional being. How then could they claim to have proof of something that is not real? Faith is just that, faith. If it was anything else it would be called something other than faith such as a truth or a law.
When we have determined that something is a fact we call it a law, as in “The Law of Physics.” Until then is known as a theory, as in “The Theory of Evolution.” I would like to point out that The Theory of Evolution is widely accepted as fact now, but is still referred to as a theory. For more on this see:
To say “you have faith” is not a law, it is not even a theory, it’s a belief. Beliefs do not rise to the same level as do laws and theories which is why it’s called faith. People of faith should stop trying to claim they have faith, while also trying to attach some credible basis to that faith because faith has no basis … it’s faith.
If you have faith in your God, that’s all you have as a claim, you have nothing in the rational world of laws and theories to use, so why would you insist on trying to use the laws of the rational world to try and describe your faith? You reside in the land of faith … the belief in things for which there is no evidence or proof of, this is your world, and you accepted it. Please don’t try to attach the world of logic and reason to this world, the two cannot coexist…