Three Kinds Of Faith

By Tim Greenwood

As Christians, when we speak of faith, we most often are referring to three primary kinds of faith.

First, there is what I call "natural faith". This is your experiential belief and dependence upon your five senses of: sight, touch, sound, taste and smell. Unless somehow handicapped, everyone has this kind of faith. For example no one that has ever sat in a chair has any problem believing, trusting or having faith that the next chair will support his or her weight. Anyone can have faith that after having taken a first step across a room with the right foot, and finding the floor solid, that he or she can proceed to step out with the left foot.

Next, there is what I call "religious faith". This is obtained by listening to or reading the words of someone whom you respect such as a preacher, teacher, leader, or other person and come to trust, believe or subscribe to the doctrine, teaching or viewpoint of the speaker or author, without validating or corroborating the factualness of said doctrine, teaching or viewpoint. For example, believing what was taught in a sermon in church and not bothering to check the facts or even look up the scriptures cited from the Bible. Faith comes by hearing, but faith in whom? Is that faith really in God or the person to whom you are listening?

And then there is what I call "real Bible faith". Real Bible faith is believing (trusting) what God, through the Bible (the written Word of God), has already said and believe it as God speaking directly to you; and believing it so much that you simply "step out" and act upon what He has said. Now, I'm not talking about head-faith where you just agree that "yes" the Bible does actually say that. I am talking about believing it in your heart.

Most Christians I have ever met think and say that they have and operate in "real Bible faith", when in fact the vast majority only operate in "natural faith" and "religious faith". The tragedy of this is that as long as individuals limit their faith to believing their own senses, then they will never fully trust God. "Real Bible faith" does not even begin until you get beyond your five senses.

God's Word is so simple, and I want only the very best for you. So, I want to personally encourage you to get back into the Bible, read what God is saying to you, believe it in your heart, step out, act upon it and just go live it.