The Arrogance of Total Belief

Faith, it occurs to me, is over confidence. Faith is taking for granted that you will have what you ask for, what you hope for, what you anticipate. Faith is certainty. In one way, faith is almost an arrogance. “I believe; therefore I have.”

Not often in my life have I experienced that certainty, that arrogance of total belief that something I want is also something I will have; that what I desire falls in line with the plan of God for my life or for the life of someone I love. Frankly that level of certainty — that taking it for granted — is utterly terrifying.

Is this self-deception? Of course, true faith — total certainty — precludes that question, eliminating the possibility of self-deception. Nevertheless, I’m frightened. Yet, perfect love also precludes fear. Therefore — perhaps — my certainty is only arrogance.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of faith. Thank You that belief “as tiny as a mustard seed” is completely effective. Help us to ask You, Lord for that which is in line with Your will and not ours. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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7 thoughts on “The Arrogance of Total Belief

  1. mtsweat says:

    Arrogantly moving mountains… hmmm. Great food for thought Carley. Thanks

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  3. Daniel says:

    Faith is jumping the gap from the evidence to certainty. No evidence for factual things reaches 100%. For instance, when you want to cross the street you carefully look both ways to see what your chances are. And, assuming that a car driving at excessive speeds is not coming along, your chances of getting across the street are about 80% (give or take) of doing so with your arms and legs intact. But, it’s never 100%. What you really do is combine the evidence at the level that it exists with faith. And, most people when they cross the street take 100% of themselves along, not 80%. They do not leave an arm or a leg behind. Our decisions in life are a combination of evidence and faith.

    • lambskinny says:

      “Faith is jumping the gap from the evidence to certainty.” — thanks for that comment. Some see faith as the evidence of things not seen… Hmm.

      • Daniel says:

        Your faith in God is the faith of God. He gives it to you. If you can sincerely have faith in God, then it is evidence of God because it’s not of the same substance as worldly faith (faith you will cross the road).

      • lambskinny says:

        Daniel – I couldn’t agree more! Faith is indeed the gift of God as is salvation! Many blessings, Carley

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