This is a subsidiary post of Defining Faith.
Speaking very precisely, it’s not a matter of whether we do or don’t have faith, for all have faith. Rather, it’s a matter of where our faith is placed. People who have no faith in God have placed their faith in something or someone else. Their faith is misplaced – not non-existent.
Mark 11:22 – “…’Have faith in God.'” – See note on 2 Thessalonians 3:2 below.
Luke 8:25 – “…’Where is your faith?’…”
Luke 18:9 – “…trusted in themselves…”
Romans 10:17 – “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” – That is, “faith in Christ comes from hearing…” Just as faith in the world comes from hearing the world, so faith in Christ comes from hearing Christ. See Faith Is a Natural and Logical Reaction to Hearing. See also note on 2 Thessalonians 3:2 below.
2 Thessalonians 3:2 – “…for not all have faith.” – That is, not all have faith in God. If our faith is not in God, it is somewhere else. The “in God” is implied in this phrase, whereas in Mark 11:22 (above) it is made explicit.
Ps 20:7 Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God.” – Note the similarity with Isaiah 31:1 below.
Isaiah 31:1 – “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, and trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the LORD!”
Jeremiah 17:5-8 – “…the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the LORD…”