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Vanta, Alyanna Marie Jan. 20, 2011 Theo 121 T Roncal What is Faith?

Sir Raoul

Back in high school, faith was defined by my high school teacher as believing in and trusting God. For one to trust God, one must first believe in Him first; however belief and trust are two distinct words. After several readings and theology classes, I find it logical to acknowledge a Creator as well as a Designer of the whole universe in which we are a part of. I remember Moshe saying that it is too much of a coincidence for Earth to be a perfect place for living creatures as our planet has all the biological necessity of plants, animals, and especially man. Realizing all these wonders fills me with awe. I see a God that wants us to live. Not only just live physically, but also live with a sense of purpose and fulfilment. Having mentioned that, I recognize the fact that God has a plan for all of us; and that is where trust comes in. For me, trusting is such a big or strong word because when one trusts someone it means one gives his/her full confidence in the person. There is no such thing as half trust. It should also be the case with God. When one says he/she has faith in God, he/she accepts Him as his/her Creator, Savior and Guide; and entrusts Him with his/her whole life. There should be no ifs or buts or any other resistances. When one trusts Him, one should give Him his/her all. I think believing is more of the objective aspect because one will most likely believe in God once one realize it is logical. It is sort of the job of theology to enhance our knowledge when it comes to God and in turn to strongly believe in Him. However it is not easy for one to believe every knowledge about God and digest it purely within that ones mind. I think one believes in Him further because somewhere in time while one is studying about Him, one can feel He is real. While one looks back in his/her life, one feels that there is Someone guiding him/her. One realizes somehow that some things are meant to be, or in a way they are planned. God approaches us in different ways and touch our hearts in different manners. It is something really hard to explain but I guess that personal experience enables one to trust in Him and love Him more. And that is the subjective aspect of faith growing in ones own way through ones personal relationship with Him.

The real test of faith is Jesus Christ. He is Gods ultimate revelation of His love for us. Yes, I understand the reason why God Himself has to come down here in our sinful world and be finitely human. It is logical that we cannot compensate for our wrongdoings. When we, His creations, were not able to take care of our relationship with Him because we gave in to temptation; it was He who made a Way for us to unite with Him. Yes, it is the only way sending His own Son to live, suffer and die, but God would go to that extent? To live like the people He created? I mean, He is God, the Almighty and Powerful, the Uncaused Cause, the Most High, the One who is willing our hearts to beat every second of every minute of every hour of every day of our lives and He can will to stop it too anytime. No words can express His majesty and glory that when I finally realized that He really did came down here on earth, it left my jaw hanging for a while. I thought of what the apostles and disciples felt when they realized that Jesus Christ is God Himself. They were able to see, hear, smell, touch, feel and experience Him physically. What were they thinking and feeling while Jesus was having a sermon on the mount? How about when he healed sick people? How about when he was being scourge at the pillar, carrying the cross, and being crucified? How about when He instituted the Holy Eucharist in the Last Supper? Did the apostles realize that they were supposed to do that too and pass it on? Jesus Christ is necessary for our salvation but the thought of Gods incarnation is just overwhelming. Well, He just showed us what true love is and assured as that we are never alone anywhere we are, anywhere we go to. He experienced all of it, temptation, suffering, and death. There is nowhere we could go to that He never gone. After all, He is the ultimate revelation of Gods love. He is the real test of our faith.