According to the Cambridge dictionary faith is “great trust or confidence in something or someone”
In today’s world, we want to know everything – many, like me, are fascinated by science, new research and emerging knowledge. Some therefore think that faith in something you can not see or touch, like religious faith, should no longer exist. I find the following statement by Jesus in Valtorta’s book all the more fascinating: “Also he, who says he does not believe, does believe. He believes in something. The simple statement: “I do not believe in God” presupposes another faith. In oneself, perhaps, or in one’s proud mind. But one always believes.”;” (Jesus speaks to Romans in Maria Valtorta, ‘The poem of the Mangod’. Chapter 204 ‘Jesus to the Gentiles: Faith Is Built as Your Temples.’
In the Bible we find the following definition of faith: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1). Therefore if someone does not believe in God, that person has faith that God does not exist. This also makes him or her a believer of something. Everyone believes in something. Even if science is well advanced, science cannot prove that God does not exist. Actually many scientists did and do believe in God. (see further below a list of Christian scientists across centuries. This lists includes Isaac Newton who discovered the law of gravity or Johannes Kepler the famous astronomer).
Many believe firmly and with deep emotional conviction that God exists, I also believe that. I feel God in my heart and in my soul who is a part of me. Can I prove it to someone, well – at least I’ll try: You can’t read about God here or anywhere and fully understand him, you can only experience God yourself. For me, the death of my mother was necessary to feel deeper inside me. By doing that I recognized that something indescribable is much bigger than me and my mother and holds us together, loves us and only wants the best for us. I am convinced that her death at the time was the best for her and even if I was infinitely sad, it opened up new perspectives for me. Listen to yourself, try to feel God in you – he is there all the time even without any dramatic experiences.
How powerful is faith?
In the Bible we also read about the many miracles that Jesus performs, which he mostly comments with “Your faith has healed you” (e.g. Matthew 9:22). Thus the question emerges, how powerful is this great trust and confidence called faith today? Can it help us if Jesus is not right next to us as a person like 2000 years ago?
In Matthew 17,18-20 we read the following: “Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment. Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”. He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
I recently listened to an audiobook from Dr. Joseph Murphy called “The power of positive thinking”. He mentions several examples of how faith helped him. For example he healed himself through his faith from a malignant skin disease against which the doctors were helpless. Napoleon Hill, an American author that studied successful humans for centuries, stated: “What the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve”.
This shows that faith is very powerful today and it can greatly enrich our lives. According to Dr. Murphy we can achieve this by imagining exactly what we would like to have in a relaxed state of ming. For example in the morning and / or in the evening load yourself with positive emotions. Imagine that what you want is reality already and thank God for it.
Jesus confirms this in the Bible as he states the following: “Have faith in God, truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. “(Marcus 11:22-24)
I perceive this message of Jesus as a call to action for us. As also Dr. Murphy sates, we should already thank God with positive emotions that we have received what we want in the future. We should then let go of it in our minds, as only God knows whether what we want is even good for us. Of course, we should take responsibility and work towards our goals to the best of our knowledge and belief. If it is somehow possible, God will turn everything to the best for you. God loves you by default. Even if an accident happens – there are coincidences, nature and much that God just lets go with the flow – , but if we trust in God and ask him for it, he can turn everything into good for us – your faith will help you.
Actively use faith to improve your life, you have nothing to lose!
– List of Christian scientists