All men, even the most cynical of us, are men of faith. I say this because faith is more than a nebulous “something” we believe in. Faith is visible, quantifiable, evidence of its object. Every one of us produces such evidence. That is not to say that every man lacks the ability to reason. Reason and faith are not polar opposites. They are rather like a hand in a glove. Faith is not irrational. We all have reasons for believing what we do. Whether those reasons are sound or not is another matter. The same can be said for the results of one’s faith.
So, if I say that I have faith in God, does that mean I have good standing and a right relationship to God? Not necessarily.
The scripture says: “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” Devils believe in God. In fact, they believe in God to a greater degree than any man on earth. Their faith produces evidence—a trembling. Nevertheless, no intelligent person imagines the certain faith of demons has beneficial effects.
Nevertheless, it is difficult for some to understand that believing in God or feeling God is real is not the same thing as Christianity. Christian faith involves more than a simple acknowledgment of God’s existence or following a set of rules. This is what Jesus was trying to get the Pharisees to understand.
“Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, “Master, which is the great commandment of the law?’
Jesus said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.’”
The faith that brings salvation is a love for God that is all-consuming. Saving faith produces a life lived in pursuit of God. He is the object of our love. The greater that love and faith becomes, the more evidence our life produces of its existence.
Our lives are the fruit of our faith; the evidence of what we truly believe. “If you love me, keep my commandments,” is not a legal code of behavior. It is an invitation to become living evidence of God.