The Wheelbarrow blog generated some great dialog between friends and me, one day at lunch. We talked about which person we lined up with more. Did we relate more with the people in the crowd or the man in the wheelbarrow?
- What about faith vs. trust? Are they one in the same, similar or different?
- Trust vs. doubt… Can you trust and still have doubt? If one has doubts then do we not trust?
- Belief vs. faith… If one truly believes, does faith automatically follow?
My friends this blog is for you. “What about faith vs. trust? Are they one and the same, similar or different? Whenever I begin to research a topic, such as this one, I begin by defining the words. First I look up the word, or words, in a dictionary such as Webster’s and then I attempt to discover the Greek or Hebrew meanings for each word and how they are referenced within the Bible. Keeping in mind I am not a Greek or Hebrew Scholar. 🙂
Trust: belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc.; assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something; one in which confidence is placed; dependence on something future or contingent : hope; a charge or duty imposed in faith or confidence or as a condition of some relationship.
Faith: strong belief or trust in someone or something; belief in the existence of God : strong religious feelings or beliefs; a system of religious beliefs; allegiance to duty or a person; loyalty; fidelity to one’s promises; sincerity of intentions; belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) : belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion; firm belief in something for which there is no proof; complete trust; something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially : a system of religious beliefs.
Greek Translations: The Greek word for faith is “pistis” primarily meaning firm persuasion, a conviction based upon hearing and is used in the New Testament always of “faith in God or Christ, or things spiritual” the word is also translated as trust, faithfulness, trust-worthiness, fidelity, and an assurance. The main elements in faith and its relation to the invisible God, as distinct from “faith” in man, are especially brought out in the use of this noun and the corresponding Greek verb, “Pisteuo”, a firm conviction, producing a full acknowledgment of God’s revelation of truth, a personal surrender and hope.
Trust in Greek is both a noun and a verb. “Pepoithesis”, the noun, is translated trust a.k.a. confidence. “Peitho”, the verb, is translated confidence, trust, to trust in, to entrust, to commit one’s trust.
From this gal’s perspective, it would appear faith and trust are intertwined, a.k.a. go hand-in-hand
If we look at the life of Abraham we see a true picture of faith and trust carried through by action. God promised Abraham that he would make him a great nation at a time when Abraham had no children. Not only was he childless, he was old; as was his wife. The object of Abraham’s faith was not God’s promise to make him into a great nation by providing many offspring (that was the occasion of its exercise); his faith rested in God himself. As a result of Abraham’s faith in God he trusted God to carry through with his promise. Faith and trust go hand-in-hand.
That leaves us to contemplate, “Can a person trust and still have doubts”? And, “If a person truly believes, does faith automatically follow”?
Tell me, what you think. I would love to hear your thoughts on all 3 questions. I shall comment on the last two in upcoming blogs.
In light of reflecting, once again, upon the question of faith vs. trust I recalled a blog written back in April 2011 where I took a look at “Faith vs. Trust” in light of one’s prayer life. You may see that article by going to https://purpleprincessreflections.wordpress.com/2011/04/09/is-it-faith-trust-or-something-else/
Until next time,
“Brethren, for this reason, in [spite of all] our stress and crushing difficulties we have been filled with comfort and cheer about you [because of] your faith (the leaning of your whole personality on God in complete trust and confidence).1 Thessalonians 3:7” Amplified Bible
**Definitions were gathered from http://merriam-webster.com and “Vines Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words” by W.E. Vine, Merrill F. Unger, and William White, Jr.