Faith as Intuition

In an earlier post, I shared that faith was a gift that God gives us in times of need. To expand on that, as I was thinking about how somehow religion ends up twisting the process of generating faith, I realised that it would be easier to understand faith by comparing it to intuition.

In one sense, faith is similar to intuition. The Bible is clear about how faith should be generated: faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Hearing the word of God is key to generating faith in us. Without hearing the word of God, we stand no chance of developing faith in us.

It is no wonder therefore that Christians are commanded to go and preach the Gospel, not to go and fight wars, take captives, and convert them to Christianity. It is just about spreading the word.

And the Bible, in Hebrews 11:1, says faith is the substance of things not seen, evidence of things not yet there. You can take this verse as either prescriptive or descriptive. Normally, in Christendom, we tend to look at this verse as prescriptive. People believe the Bible is asking us to become convinced that something which is not there is there, or vice versa. No wonder people who have real issues go into denial. Intentional denial is not faith. Faith cannot really be manufactured on a whim. Faith cannot be microwaved into existence.

The right way to understand this verse is to take it as descriptive: any time you become convinced of something without any evidence, you have faith. In Christian terms, therefore, to have faith in God describes a situation where you are convinced to your core that, although you cannot see God, you know that is He is there. It is to become convinced that the promises in the Bible are true. It is to sense things without depending on our natural five senses. It is to be certain.

It is almost like the people who have faith do not have a choice really on how they act except to act accordingly. David did not feel the need to convince himself to fight Goliath. Faith made him feel compelled. Caleb did not consciously decide the Promised Land would be conquered. Faith made him see the victory the Israelites would have. Noah did not have a choice about building the ark when it was very clear a flood was coming. These people had to follow the sixth sense or intuition that had supernaturally developed inside them.

From what I can see in the Bible, you can’t manufacture faith. You can’t force faith. You can grow faith by listening to the word of God. You can develop this divine intuition by getting the the divine word of God. And just in case the word of God you have been hearing so far is not inspiring faith in you, I encourage you to explore more. God is raising up a lot of people who can speak His word just exactly right for you so that you can develop this divine intuition called faith. The answer is out there. Keep searching.

To give you an illustration on why faith cannot be manufactured, when the Jesus’ disciples came to him to ask for their faith to be increased, Jesus was at pains to explain that they did not need to have increased faith. If they had faith as small as a mustard seed (which was really tiny faith), they could move mountains. Jesus could not even help their unbelief directly. He constantly just pointed out to them when they displayed a lack of faith even as small as a mustard seed.

And as I have studied the Bible, I have found an interesting correlation between having faith and knowing the character of God. Whenever Jesus admonished his disciples for having little or no faith, almost universally it was accompanied by their lack of acknowledging the love of God. And this led me to one important realisation: Without knowing the true loving nature of God, it is impossible to develop faith.

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