When we talk about faith, it is essential that we base our Faith in the right place. The Bible teaches that the object of faith (who or what is believed in) is God alone (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). There are many persons, places and things that we could put our faith in during our lifetime, but we must prioritize our life, and put our faith in God and Jesus Christ above all else. Jesus said: “Let not your heart be troubled: believe in God, believe also in me” (John 14:1).
We live in an age, where faith is almost experimental or where any true trust in anything is considered as faith. A.W. Tozer wrote: “I do not recall another period when “faith” was as popular as it is today. If only we believe hard enough we’ll make it somehow. So goes the popular chant. What you believe is not important. Only believe… What is overlooked in all this is that faith is good only when it engages truth; when it is made to rest upon falsehood it can and often does lead to eternal tragedy. For it is not enough that we believe; we must believe the right thing about the right One.
Belief detached from the truth is not faith. Believing in what is not from God, not true, believing in “the word of your own imagination”, or even the “word of Satan”, lead to deception pure and simple. Calling this deception “faith” does not make it so.
C.S. Lewis: “We must not encourage in ourselves or others any tendency to work up a subjective state which, if we succeeded, we should describe as “faith”, with the idea that this will somehow insure the granting of our prayer…. The state of mind which desperate desire working on what a strong imagination can manufacture is not faith in the Christian sense. It is a feat of psychological gymnastics.” The Bible talks about this in Ezekiel 13:6, where people say something this is not from God, yet somehow still expect it to come true.
Jesus said it plain and simple ‘Have faith in God’ (Mark 11:22), It could be easy to put our faith into something false and Jesus warns us about this also in Matthew 24:23,26.
Credulity (Naive, not critical, believing on slight or uncertain evidence. 2) A tendency to believe too readily, especially with little or no proof.) Is not true Biblical Faith. Biblical Faith must firstly be put in God and God alone and held together by truth.
Someone give this illustration ‘”It is no sin to doubt some things… it may be fatal to believe everything. Faith never means gullibility. Credulity never honours God. The healthy soul, like the healthy blood system, has it’s proper proportion of white and red blood cells. The red corpuscles are like faith: they carry the life giving oxygen to every part of the body. The white cells are like discernment: they pounce upon dead and toxic matter and carry it out to the drain. In the healthy heart there must be provision for keeping dead and poisonous matter out of the life stream. This the credulous person never suspects. He is all for “faith”.
Our Faith must be based on the Word of God and put on God alone.