Our actions are an expression of our faith. But what is faith? Most people believe faith is a series of religious beliefs without necessarily acting upon those beliefs! Therefore, those who don’t believe in anything are convinced that faith is an unreal imagination and a kind of religious slavery!
There are people in our lives that we trust. This trust wasn’t built overnight. We observed the behavior, words, promises, and actions of those we trust over a while. So faith is like trusting someone; you have witnessed their truthfulness in everything they did. Therefore, we believe they will keep their promises as in the past. When Jesus tells us to trust him, it doesn’t mean to believe in a set of beliefs blindfolded. When the disciples of John Baptist asked Jesus, he responded:
When the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptizer has sent us to you, saying, ‘Are you he who comes, or should we look for another?’” In that hour he cured many of diseases and plagues and evil spirits; and to many who were blind he gave sight. Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John the things which you have seen and heard: that the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. Blessed is he who finds no occasion for stumbling in me.” Luke 7:20-23
So faith is based on what we have seen and experienced. Therefore we believe that things that haven’t occurred yet or are not visible are true.
“Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, proof of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1
Throughout centuries, believers have been cautious to observe only certain ceremonies that express their Christian faith and not let unnecessary religious rituals replace true worship. Ceremonies that have always been regarded in the church are water baptism, the dedication of infants, Holy Communion, and financial support.
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