Faith is not difficult to explain. It's actually pretty simple. (It's so simple, even young children have faith.) Here's one way to explain faith: Faith is simply believing something that we don't actually concretely "see." For example, when you get into an airplane, you believe that the engines will hold the plane up in the air. You believe in aerodynamics even though you might not understand them. You might not be aware of Bernoulli's Principle or NASA's "Lift Equation", but you just make an 'educated guess' that the plane will LIKELY go airborne, and land again safely.
Is this real? Or Hollywood magic? That Matterhorn looks a little TOO perfect!
Let's analyze this just a little further...
Do you believe that movies you've seen that say "Based on a true story" are MOSTLY true?
What if I told you that Hacksaw Ridge is only 51.5% factual? (According to https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... 1505114180 - An actual shot-by-shot breakdown of the movie versus the true story.)
There are similar numbers with all sorts of "based on the truth" stories we generally believe when we hear or see them.
We see "reports" all the time on Facebook about a particular celebrity having car trouble in some town or another, and how wonderful the people in the town were, and how said celebrity is considering retiring there. (All of these stories, without fail, so far, have been total fabrications.)
or a little college, you
probably read Homer or Plato
or Aristotle? Whole movies and
television shows have been
spawned off of JUST ONE
small part of a story told by
Plato, when speaking of
Did you know that
only 7 copies of Plato's actual
(Most of what we know of Plato, we know from others.) Did you know that only 49 copies of manuscripts ascribed to Aristotle survive? Or that only 643 copies of Homer's "The Iliad" remain? We study Homer nowadays as if it were ancient gospel, and like we had every single bit of his works, which we, decidedly, do not.
The New Testament though...There are 5600 Greek copies, and over 19,000 copies in Syriac, Latin, Coptic, and Aramaic.
We don't just have faith in what we believe, we have overwhelming evidence.
The Bible has stated for centuries that there was a city in Mesopotamia called "Ur", and that Abraham was from there. He left Ur in Sumeria (which is now modern day Iraq), to travel to Canaan.
People without faith in anything but history and science obviously disagreed. Until Ur was unearthed and excavated exactly where the Bible said it was, back in 1922.
Have you ever seen Wifi? You have felt it's effects though, yes? Have you ever held an idea or an emotion in your hand? Despite being intangible, they exist, do they not? Numbers and math are honestly, a bit of an abstract concept, a measurement of the mind. But they exist, don't they? I can count the people in a room, can't I?
So, if we believe in these intangibles...and we have evidence and a basis of belief for God, and plenty of documented evidence explaining His nature, and His thoughts...And even some physical evidence that His Word rings true...It isn't all that big a step to have faith.
Faith is knowing, despite others opinions, your belief is fact.
Faith is believing, even when there's not sufficient evidence for empirical proof.
Faith is bowing to God in submission, and being humble enough to say "I don't know everything."
Faith is complete foolishness and idiocy to those who do not view it through the lens of the Holy Spirit.
It's quite simple, really.