I used to think faith was this kind of supernatural thing that was invisible and was basically like a kind of way of saying “strong belief”.
But then I heard J. Warner Wallace talk about faith in a different way. He says the word for faith most commonly used in the Greek translation is actually πίστις; pistis, pisteōs, and its meaning is actually closer to “confidence in the truth” almost like using this word to be used as evidence.
Well, that got me thinking. I have some recourses and I can look into these things if/when I want. So the first thing I did was look up this word in the NT for faith. I found that J. Warner Wallace did actually hit on something that I didn’t really know before. The way I would describe the word “faith” as it is used in the NT is something very close to the word “conviction”. It’s having a conviction of knowing the Word of God is Truth in a larger scale. When I found this out, that the word for faith might as well be more akin to the synonym, but differently meaning “faithfulness” It got me really curious about what the OT says about faith. So I opened up my “New Bible Dictionary” and read what it said on faith. I was surprised that faith in both the OT and the NT is more akin to the word "faithfulness" and even more still, something to mean more like “trust” as in “Trust in God” “Trust that God will not fail you” and other such types of things. Then of course I searched for the word faith and looked at some of the entries for faith in the OT. I looked at a few verses that have this word in the verse and I picked one of the Hebrew words for faith and it actually means something like “steadfastness” which I thought was fascinating. Why? Well, because all throughout the OT it talks of God being the unmoved mover, the most consistent being in existence. So it is not hard to see that when man says he is “faithful” or “steadfast” he is actually trying to imitate God.
The word for faith in the Bible is apt, but at the same time, due to my particular upbringing in the Church, I thought faith was some mystical notion of belief - some sort of intangible feeling that I could never quite crack down on. After doing this study, I learn that it stems from man being made in the Imago Dei and that this means because God is the unmoved mover, God is someone to imitate in our own character.