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faith ( P ) Pronunciation Key (fth)
Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.
Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence. See Synonyms at belief. See Synonyms at trust.
Loyalty to a person or thing; allegiance: keeping faith with one's supporters.
often Faith Christianity. The theological virtue defined as secure belief in God and a trusting acceptance of God's will.
The body of dogma of a religion: the Muslim faith.
A set of principles or beliefs.
[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman fed, from Latin fids. See bheidh- in Indo-European Roots.]
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\Faith\, n. [OE. feith, fayth, fay, OF. feid, feit, fei, F. foi, fr. L. fides; akin to fidere to trust, Gr. ??????? to persuade. The ending th is perhaps due to the influence of such words as truth, health, wealth. See Bid, Bide, and cf. Confide, Defy, Fealty.] 1. Belief; the assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another, resting solely and implicitly on his authority and veracity; reliance on testimony.
2. The assent of the mind to the statement or proposition of another, on the ground of the manifest truth of what he utters; firm and earnest belief, on probable evidence of any kind, especially in regard to important moral truth.
Faith, that is, fidelity, -- the fealty of the finite will and understanding to the reason. --Coleridge.
3. (Theol.) (a) The belief in the historic truthfulness of the Scripture narrative, and the supernatural origin of its teachings, sometimes called historical and speculative faith. (b) The belief in the facts and truth of the Scriptures, with a practical love of them; especially, that confiding and affectionate belief in the person and work of Christ, which affects the character and life, and makes a man a true Christian, -- called a practical, evangelical, or saving faith.
Without faith it is impossible to please him [God]. --Heb. xi. 6.
The faith of the gospel is that emotion of the mind which is called ``trust'' or ``confidence'' exercised toward the moral character of God, and particularly of the Savior. --Dr. T. Dwight.
Faith is an affectionate, practical confidence in the testimony of God. --J. Hawes.
4. That which is believed on any subject, whether in science, politics, or religion; especially (Theol.), a system of religious belief of any kind; as, the Jewish or Mohammedan faith; and especially, the system of truth taught by Christ; as, the Christian faith; also, the creed or belief of a Christian society or church.
Which to believe of her, Must be a faith that reason without miracle Could never plant in me. --Shak.
Now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed. --Gal. i. 23.
5. Fidelity to one's promises, or allegiance to duty, or to a person honored and beloved; loyalty.
Children in whom is no faith. --Deut. xxvii. 20.
Whose failing, while her faith to me remains, I should conceal. --Milton.
6. Word or honor pledged; promise given; fidelity; as, he violated his faith.
For you alone I broke me faith with injured Palamon. --Dryden.
7. Credibility or truth. [R.]
The faith of the foregoing narrative. --Mitford.
Act of faith. See Auto-da-f['e].
Breach of faith, Confession of faith, etc. See under Breach, Confession, etc.
Faith cure, a method or practice of treating diseases by prayer and the exercise of faith in God.
In good faith, with perfect sincerity.
Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
\Faith\, interj. By my faith; in truth; verily.
Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
n 1: a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality" [syn: religion, religious belief] 2: complete confidence in a person or plan etc; "he cherished the faith of a good woman"; "the doctor-patient relationship is based on trust" [syn: trust] 3: institution to express belief in a divine power; "he was raised in the Baptist religion"; "a member of his own faith contradicted him" [syn: religion] 4: loyalty or allegiance to a cause or a person; "keep the faith"; "they broke faith with their investors"
Source: WordNet ® 1.6, © 1997 Princeton University
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Faith is in general the persuasion of the mind that a certain statement is true
(Phil. 1:27; 2 Thess. 2:13). Its primary idea is trust. A thing is true, and
therefore worthy of trust. It admits of many degrees up to full assurance of
faith, in accordance with the evidence on which it rests. Faith is the result
of teaching (Rom. 10:14-17). Knowledge is an essential element in all faith,
and is sometimes spoken of as an equivalent to faith (John 10:38; 1 John 2:3).
Yet the two are distinguished in this respect, that faith includes in it
assent, which is an act of the will in addition to the act of the
understanding. Assent to the truth is of the essence of faith, and the ultimate
ground on which our assent to any revealed truth rests is the veracity of God.
Historical faith is the apprehension of and assent to certain statements which
are regarded as mere facts of history. Temporary faith is that state of mind
which is awakened in men (e.g., Felix) by the exhibition of the truth and by
the influence of religious sympathy, or by what is sometimes styled the common
operation of the Holy Spirit. Saving faith is so called because it has eternal
life inseparably connected with it. It cannot be better defined than in the
words of the Assembly's Shorter Catechism: "Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving
grace, whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation, as he is
offered to us in the gospel." The object of saving faith is the whole revealed
Word of God. Faith accepts and believes it as the very truth most sure. But the
special act of faith which unites to Christ has as its object the person and
the work of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 7:38; Acts 16:31). This is the specific
act of faith by which a sinner is justified before God (Rom. 3:22, 25; Gal.
2:16; Phil. 3:9; John 3:16-36; Acts 10:43; 16:31). In this act of faith the
believer appropriates and rests on Christ alone as Mediator in all his offices.
This assent to or belief in the truth received upon the divine testimony has
always associated with it a deep sense of sin, a distinct view of Christ, a
consenting will, and a loving heart, together with a reliance on, a trusting
in, or resting in Christ. It is that state of mind in which a poor sinner,
conscious of his sin, flees from his guilty self to Christ his Saviour, and
rolls over the burden of all his sins on him. It consists chiefly, not in the
assent given to the testimony of God in his Word, but in embracing with
fiducial reliance and trust the one and only Saviour whom God reveals. This
trust and reliance is of the essence of faith. By faith the believer directly
and immediately appropriates Christ as his own. Faith in its direct act makes
Christ ours. It is not a work which God graciously accepts instead of perfect
obedience, but is only the hand by which we take hold of the person and work of
our Redeemer as the only ground of our salvation. Saving faith is a moral act,
as it proceeds from a renewed will, and a renewed will is necessary to
believing assent to the truth of God (1 Cor. 2:14; 2 Cor. 4:4). Faith,
therefore, has its seat in the moral part of our nature fully as much as in the
intellectual. The mind must first be enlightened by divine teaching (John 6:44;
Acts 13:48; 2 Cor. 4:6; Eph. 1:17, 18) before it can discern the things of the
Spirit. Faith is necessary to our salvation (Mark 16:16), not because there is
any merit in it, but simply because it is the sinner's taking the place
assigned him by God, his falling in with what God is doing. The warrant or
ground of faith is the divine testimony, not the reasonableness of what God
says, but the simple fact that he says it. Faith rests immediately on, "Thus
saith the Lord." But in order to this faith the veracity, sincerity, and truth
of God must be owned and appreciated, together with his unchangeableness. God's
word encourages and emboldens the sinner personally to transact with Christ as
God's gift, to close with him, embrace him, give himself to Christ, and take
Christ as his. That word comes with power, for it is the word of God who has
revealed himself in his works, and especially in the cross. God is to be
believed for his word's sake, but also for his name's sake. Faith in Christ
secures for the believer freedom from condemnation, or justification before
God; a participation in the life that is in Christ, the divine life (John
14:19; Rom. 6:4-10; Eph. 4:15,16, etc.); "peace with God" (Rom. 5:1); and
sanctification (Acts 26:18; Gal. 5:6; Acts 15:9). All who thus believe in
Christ will certainly be saved (John 6:37, 40; 10:27, 28; Rom. 8:1). The
faith=the gospel (Acts 6:7; Rom. 1:5; Gal. 1:23; 1 Tim. 3:9; Jude 1:3).
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