What if I Have No Faith?

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We all have Faith.
We exercise Faith every day whether we are at home, in the car, or on the job. Just think: you and countless strangers drive way too fast and pass within a handshake of each other without a second thought! You don’t know whether they’ll stay in their lane…you have Faith that they will.

Faith is believing despite having incomplete evidence.
Most of us have trouble with “incomplete evidence”. We try to control every part of our lives, and exercising our Faith means giving up some control. When we trust, we give a measure of control away. We do this every time we sit in a chair. If we demanded proof of the chair’s strength, we’d never sit! Instead, we place our Faith in it, not really knowing whether it will collapse.

Faith doesn’t eliminate the need for caution.
An Arab proverb says, “Trust in God, but tie up your camel”. Faith is trusting, but it is not blind trust. Blind trust is dangerous, like driving with your eyes closed. If you drove your car with blind trust, you’d be headed for trouble!

A place to start:

Faith is not closed-minded.
While there is ample evidence for this Faith, there is also evidence that points elsewhere. I know that many do not believe in a Creator, while others believe in a god other than the one found in the Bible.

Faith is a choice.
Sound evidence and sound reasoning are an integral part of Faith…but Faith includes more than that. Remember, Faith is believing despite having incomplete evidence. No one has all of the answers, and so each of us (if we are to believe anything at all) must temporarily suspend final judgement and take a ‘leap of Faith’. I have chosen to take that leap, and so I temporarily suspend final judgement. It is important that we examine all of the evidence, but it is not necessary to make a final determination.

If we view each new piece of evidence as authoritative, we will bend with every wind, fad, and rumor. If we view each new piece of evidence as a threat to our Faith, we will close our eyes to every new truth.

Faith is not static.
Our Faith changes as we change. If we lack knowledge, our Faith is stunted. If we seek knowledge, our Faith can grow strong. Truth doesn’t stand alone…it is surrounded by more Truth. If we seek Truth, we will find it. If we don’t seek Truth, we become victims of our own ignorance. So, seek Truth. Look for it everywhere, because that’s where it is. Don’t be foolish and believe everything…and don’t be cynical and believe nothing. Go with what you know, and take the rest one step at a time. You might actually like it!


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5 responses to “What if I Have No Faith?”

  1. Amy J Richardson says:

    I am a 40 year old female with years of heartache, loss and anger inside me. I am not sure what I believe. I am angry for the losses I have endured and I don’t want to feel this way anymore. I have recently made the choice to go through counseling. I feel not having any faith could keep me from healing but I am not sure how to go about this. Please don’t judge me. I simply found this on a google search and wanted some advice. I am not sure if I pick up a bible and start reading or what to do. I don’t feel I am ready yet to just go to a church on Sunday because I am so lost.

    • Tony says:

      Amy:

      I’m very sorry to hear about the struggles you’ve been through. I wouldn’t judge you, of course. We’ve all been there. You and I are no different, with the possible exception of our relationships with God. Were you here, I would offer you a friendly hug and a smile (and maybe some Dr Pepper). We could sit and talk, and you could tell me your story. I don’t have all of the answers, and I doubt I could ease your pain very much. Fortunately, Jesus can do this. He’s done it for me, and He’s done it for thousands of my friends. I believe you’re on the right track.

      I would recommend that you pick up a Bible, or read one online. If you asked me, I would begin reading in the book of Mark. It also sounds like the Alpha Course would be a good fit for you. It’s designed for people in exactly your situation. Usually, they’re hosted at churches or colleges…but you can watch the Alpha videos online and see if it’s helpful. They’re free. They have a giant red question mark over the top of the videos, as they really want people to sign up and see them with others in a discussion format. Still, they’re very watchable, and very interesting.

      After watching a few, you might feel like talking about these things with a small group of people in your area. There are Alpha courses held all over the world. Now, don’t freak out…but because of the way websites work, I have a general idea of where you live. I’m not a stalker. =) There’s an Alpha course within about a half hour, from my guess. It’s at a college (starts with the letter M), likely just to the west of you. If you want the details, just contact me through GodWords. I’d be happy to talk with you more, and to help you find the peace you’re looking for. In the meantime, my family will be praying for you.

  2. M a h l o n Denmark the Enmark mahlon Denmark says:

    Lo anyone that calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. After you believe and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your savior continue and ask God for forgiveness. For it is the goodness of God that leads you to the Lord. He’s the only one that forgives he’s the only one that loves without failure God’s love cannot be equaled. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that I’m so ever believeth on him should not perish but have everlasting life. Do not accept what I’m saying is truth Look up the word in the Bible. You can look up one word and I’ll give you. Look up believe and it will give you the scriptures read it for yourself believe what the scriptures say it is important for you to be in love with God or God loves you you were born for such an hour as this so accept accept Jesus believe Jesus trust Jesus Jesus will never fail. I love you I don’t know who you are but I can tell you one thing God bless through his son Jesus Christ. My email is Denmark m a h l o n at gmail.com.

  3. Alan says:

    I read this article and I too don’t have any faith. I’m not sure what to do about it. I’ve attended church all my life and I’m now 52. I’ve attended church every Sunday for the past 8 years and read the Bible almost daily. I don’t understand any of the sermons and don’t understand what I read in the Bible. I meet one on one with my pastor and I still can’t understand any of it. My girlfriend who is a Christian and I have conversations for hours. I still don’t understand what Jesus did and what his purpose is. I can’t understand how the crucifixion forgives sin. I have no faith in it. Evolution is scientific fact and we weren’t created. God doesn’t communicate to us and gives us no sign of his existence.

    • Tony says:

      Alan:

      I may be able to help. You and I are about the same age, and I too have attended church for almost all my life. I’ve been around the block a time or two, and your situation isn’t new or unique. Now, I’m going to presume a few things. Don’t be offended…I’m just going on past experience.

      You’re not a Christian.

      That’s likely the problem. I’ve seen it before. People who go to church regularly but never understand the things of God are, unfortunately, a dime a dozen. They’re all over the place. One example: when I was a teen, a local Seventh-Day Adventist congregation split in half. One half came to my church and rented the building on Saturdays. Over time, they became curious about what happened on Sundays, so a number of them started attending both services. In spite of their commitment to church, and in spite of reading the Bible regularly, and in spite of their desire to understand how God works, do you know what they said?

      Every single one of them said that they thought they were Christians, but it became clear to them that they weren’t. As far as I can remember, every one of them was born again within a year, and they stopped renting the building on Saturdays. I became friends with many of them, and they explained this to me personally. They believed that they already knew what Christianity was about, but later realized they had never actually heard and responded to the Gospel.

      Weird.

      I’ll bet that you’re in the same situation. Why do I say that? Simple: your explanation is a HUGE clue. You don’t understand the sermons or the Bible, in spite of going to church for approximately forever. There’s a Bible verse that directly explains this phenomenon…it’s in 1 Corinthians 2:

      The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.

      I’ll make it simple: the Holy Spirit indwells every believer. He makes it possible for us to understand spiritual things. Without Him providing this help, we cannot put it all together. If you really don’t understand, it’s almost certainly because the Holy Spirit doesn’t live in you.

      I don’t say this to be insulting, of course. I hope that you’ll consider the possibility that you really haven’t been born again, as Jesus talked about in John 3.

      Tell me: what kind of church(es) have you attended? I’ve heard from a bunch of people that they were wrong about being saved…Catholics, Seventh-Day Adventists, Church of Christ, and more. That’s not to say that none of those folks are Christians. I’m sure many are…but many, clearly, are not. I would be happy to spend some time emailing you, or even talking on the phone, to help you get this worked out. Christianity isn’t really that complicated. If you’ve spent 50 years in church and still don’t get it, it’s a safe bet that you need to actually become a Christian.

      As for evolution and science, I’m one of those people who have had ZERO conflicts between what I believe about God and the Bible and what I believe about science. I’ve spent a lot of time examining both, and am confident that you too can find harmony between them. As for God communicating, well…a whole bunch of people – myself included – would say otherwise. I’m pretty sure that we can iron out a lot of stuff in a short time, if you’re willing. I certainly don’t think I can answer every question, but I’ve asked most of them myself. Get in touch with me and we’ll set aside some time to hammer it out.

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