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Hebrew 'aman' 'to be firm, solid, true' Greek 'pisteuein' 'to accept something ... with Yahweh 'We are your People, You are our God.' New Testament Gospels ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: An Overview of Faith in the Bible and Christian History

An Overview of Faith in the Bible and Christian
Old Testament
  • Hebrew aman to be firm, solid, true
  • Greek pisteuein to accept something
  • as true, but implying a personal
  • relationship, acceptance of the
  • person who tells you something
  • example Israelites had faith in Moses
  • because of their experience of
  • trusting him

  • In the OT the foundation for faith is God-
  • seen as the one who created all and the one
    who is depended on for survival

  • OT faith is expressed through trust and obedience
    (very active, not just belief)
  • OT faith is directly related to the Covenant
  • with YahwehWe are your People,
  • You are our God.

New Testament Gospels
  • Jesus demanded faith and praised it when he
    witnessed it Your faith has saved you
  • Faith is directed to God, then to Jesusthe
    acceptance of Jesus to be who he claims to be
  • After Jesus resurrection, the shift is clearly
    to faith in Jesus (and Jesus is seen as being one
    with God)

New Testament Act of the Apostles
  • Faith is the acceptance of the message of the
    Apostles Believers join the community of
  • Acceptance of Jesus as Lord is expressed
    through repentance and Baptism
  • It is belief in Gods word, as personified in
    Christ, so faith necessarily involves a personal
    relationship with Christ

Pauls Epistles
  • If your lips confess that Jesus is Lord and if
    you believe in your heart that God raised him
    from the dead, then you will be saved. Romans

Faith in History
  • St. Justin The believer is one who assents to
    certain truths
  • St. Augustine We do not work to get faith. It
    is a free gift from God we can accept or reject.
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Faith is essentially an act
    of the intellect, but not only of the intellect

  • Theology is faith seeking understanding
  • Faith is handed on through theology
  • Theology is faith expressed in words, art, music,
    dance, architecture, etc.
  • Not all theology is good theologywe can
    incorrectly translate our experience of knowledge
    of God
  • When theology does not come from faith, it is
    really a philosophy of religion

  • Faith in Jesus is not an assent to doctrine but a
    living relationship with Jesus that affects all
    other relationships we have and ties us to a
    community which worships and has moral norms.
  • Perhaps we later Christian communities arent as
    unique as the biblical Christian communities
    because many of us have replaced an experience of
    the risen Jesus with an experience of doctrine.
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