Biblical faith is NOT belief in the imaginary. Biblical faith is NOT a synonym for “wish.”
Biblical faith is NOT blind acceptance of ridiculous events or belief in unsupported statements.
Biblical faith is NOT a firm conviction to personal thoughts and ideas.
Biblical faith is based in defendable events and provable statements. God has always provided enough evidence for us to put our faith in something tangible: creation, fulfilled prophecy, miracles, Jesus ministry, the Word of God, etc.
“Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” – Romans 1:19-20
It is not how great you believe something that makes it true, but believing something that is true that makes your faith great. The value of the Christian faith is not in the one believing, but in the one who is believed in. Jesus, as he is revealed in the Word of God, is the object of our faith.
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is the confidence (or, hypostasis) of what we hope for.”
Hypostasis literally means, “that which stands under.” Ancient first and second century documents found in the papyri use hypostasis as “title deed” which stresses the legal side of a personal rightful ownership of the truth or thing faith is placed in. Hebrews 11:1 continues by saying,
“…and assurance (elenchos) about what we do not see.” Elenchos carries the basic idea of “proof,” “the test,” or “means of proof.” It continues to carry the objective sense, and rejects the subjective sense that would allow it to refer to manipulation according to personal whims and wishes.
So, just like physical eye sight can see things that are in the physical realm, faith can see things that are in the spiritual realm. But, eye sight that claims to see things that are not really there would indicate some sort of mental illness or a defect in the physical organ of the eye. Likewise, faith that claims to see, trust or understand things that are not really true would indicate a spiritual illness or a deficiency in knowledge concerning the Word of Truth.
When we know something that is unseen is true, then our faith (confidence) in that truth will produce thoughts, attitudes and actions. Faith in truth will produce confidence in that truth and assurance that the unseen is there. Knowing truth and putting faith in that truth is the transforming power of the Christian life.