Posted on: March 5 2021 / Written by: Brett Lunger
What is Faith? There are two kinds of faith: secular faith and spiritual faith.
In a secular context, having faith means that you have trust or confidence in something. For example, you might have faith that your favorite sports team will win their next game. (Not easy if you are a Philadelphia Eagles fan.) Or you might have faith in a relationship. For a joyful expression of this sort of faith, go to YouTube and see the Stevie Wonder – Ariana Grande video.
Spiritual faith is different. Oxford Languages defines spiritual faith as “strong belief in God or the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.” We all know of examples where spiritual faith has enabled individuals to remain steadfast in the face of extreme adversity or hardship.
There is another more basic, and perhaps more profound, form of faith. It occurs when we say a simple prayer of thanks: “Thank you God for blessing me……” Whatever the “blessing” might be is not important. It might be food, good health, friendship, or a momentary joy. What does matter is that your expression of thanks is an acknowledgment that the particular “blessing” is coming from an almighty being. In other words, you are confirming the existence of God.
You don’t waste time on empirical analysis or scientific discussion. None of that matters. It is simply what is.
There is a place in our lives for both secular and spiritual faith. For that, we should all be thankful.