We mistakenly understand faith when we…
Confuse having faith with having certainty.
Forget Jesus said faith that is only the size of a mustard seed avails much.
Fail to recognize how much our fears shape our faith.
Think that having a hearty or mature faith means I have strong opinions about lots of different issues.
Trust in our faith rather than in the One who is the object of our faith.
Think of faith like currency that can buy us favors from God.
Imagine that having faith will give us “answers” to life’s perplexing questions.
Forget that Jesus helped the one who said, “I believe; help my unbelief.”
Fail to recognize how much our personalities, experiences, and relationships affect the way we think about faith and exercise it.
Equate faith with positive thinking and presume that faith and failure cannot go together.
Think that faith is only an individual thing and that I cannot ever be carried by the faith of others.
Conceive of faith only as an inner, “spiritual” reality, and divorce it from the sacraments and actual Christian practices we perform in the body.
Imagine that faith enables us to avoid or overcome suffering.
Presume that faith can only grow in religious soil, through influences that are specifically pious or devotional in nature.
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What are your comments on these statements?
Are there any that you would alter or refine?
Do you have some of your own that you would add?
Do you have any examples that might shed light on how we sometimes carry the wrong idea of having faith?