What is Faith?

What is Faith?

So I’ve decided to start blogging by providing my thoughts on faith.  I was always taught that faith was belief in something that hadn’t been proven, but that was nevertheless true.  In Ether 12:6 Moroni states:

“And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.”

In Hebrews (New Testament) chapter 11 verse 1 we get a very similar phrase:

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

So evidently Paul and Moroni are on the same wave length on the definition of faith. What’s interesting to me is that neither of these verses suggest that faith has to be in something that is true.  In fact they both state that it is in something we hope. Interestingly enough there are significant parallels between the two chapters.  Both cover scriptural events that were miraculous because of faith.  Both begin multiple verses with similar language: “By faith” in Hebrews and “And it was by faith” in Ether.

We do have a verse elsewhere in the Book of Mormon, Alma 32:21 which states:

“And now as I said concerning faith—faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.”

So by definition, faith can only be founded upon that which is actually true.  For example, when I was a child I really believed in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  In fact for some reason I really related to him.  However, all of my belief and hope could never make him a reality. So faith must be on that which is actually true.  So the objective of this blog is to find truth!

On a personal note, one struggle I’ve had with my faith journey is knowing what doctrines are true.  I have always enjoyed giving Sacrament Meeting talks and teaching Sunday School lessons.  I love to delve into the scriptures and provide connections that others may not have seen or realized.  Every time I have done this, I’ve felt enlightened and had feelings that I would say are spiritual in nature. However, how do I know if my teachings are actually true?  When I teach from D&C 19 and find a universal view of salvation-one which I believe-and in turn I feel the spirit, how do I know if that’s really true doctrine. It actually seems to conflict with other sections of the D&C, such as D&C 76.

D&C 76 clearly shows that universal salvation is limited in that, those who do not receive the highest degree of glory are in reality eternally damned.  The question becomes, can these two sections actually agree?  Only if there is progression from kingdom of glory to kingdom of glory.  So if that is the only way these two sections can agree, is that true doctrine?  I am left wondering about that concept as I quietly close the door on this musing.

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