From time to time you may read or hear about someone who has ‘lost their faith’. They no longer go to church or have given up their Ministry because of problems with belief.
To ‘lose one’s faith’ is a strange phrase because faith is not a substance or commodity – a thing to be lost. Faith is about a relationship with the mystery we call God.
There are those people who are full of certainty, which in my view is a very worrying position to hold. The opposite of certainly is not doubt but faith.
Our Christian journey is about learning to live with questions. We cannot, by definition, know all the answers but we keep on our journey, as we say, ‘in good faith’. I suspect that many people hide their view on belief, thinking that others have no problems.
Believing is difficult, so join the club and let us journey together. For me, one of the most important words in the Bible is ‘Hope’. I find great encouragement in the words of the Epistle to the Hebrews (Chapter 11). Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen!
Hope, as they say, springs eternal and St Paul tells us ‘There are three things that last for ever. Faith, Hope and Love.’