Faith (Pistis): conviction of the truth of anything, belief; in the NT of a conviction or belief respecting man's relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervour born of faith and joined with it. - Strong's Concordance
Throughout Scripture we read about those characterized by phenomenal merits of faith during times of great testing and trials. Notwithstanding the echoes of these heralds; as centuries faded the term faith yet remains as obscure today as it did to the interpreters of yesteryear.
For example, Hebrews 11:1 in the King James Version is often cited as the definition (nutshell/concise) of faith (Pistis). Though in fact, this relative explanation (detailed meaning of a concept) is a rhetorical abstract giving virtue to the subject; this being the Elders (vs.2). Thus, its descriptive components with intent to give reasoning to the character, and sweet walks the term (poetic; also see James 2:17).
On the extra hand, The LORD Himself, rebuked His disciples for their lack of faith (Pistis) (Matthew 6:30, 8:26, 14:31, 16:8 Luke 12:28), yet conceding to in Luke 17:6. In Matthew 8:10, He marvels at the centurions “great faith.” And while the transliteration is constant, the usage is concise as opposed it’s to former descriptive. This argumentatively provides a more excellent definition and affirms the use of the term.
Interpreters have also categorized various forms of faith in their attempt for clarification. Examples being saving, healing, deliverance, Emotional, intellectual (who’s counting). These also vary depending largely or perspective, denomination and one’s ability to strategize. Does the Bible truly offer all these types of faith? And why then is it so complex? After all if the Bible associates faith with childlike belief, than it should be just that. -Blessings!
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