My Favorite Quotes: “Faith is..."
The proper phrasing of this would be “My Favorite Quotations.” “Quotes” is not a proper word. But, you know, that’s a bit too long for an internet title.
Anyway, my favorite quotes…
I’m going to do a series of posts about my favorite quotations, because I’m a fan of well crafted sentences.
There are a ton of quotations I cite often, quotations I love, quotations I would love for you to hear. I’ll share the quotation, then tell you why I love it. And if you want to join in, feel free to share some of your favorites. I’d love to see them.
It wouldn’t be right to start with a quotation from someone other than C. S. Lewis.
One of the things I love about Lewis is his unparralleled quotability. When reading a book of his, it’s incredibly difficult to not find a great quote in at least every other paragraph.
So, I’m going to start with one from him. (My favorite from him will cap off the series.)
“Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods.”
Faith is not wishful thinking. Faith is not hoping that something is true.
The Greek word for faith in the New Testament is the word pistis. It’s derived from the verb pito, which means “to be persuaded.” The Greek language actually had a perfectly good word to refer to a faith without evidence. It was used to refer to Greek gods.
And it was never used in the New Testament.
So faith is not believing in spite of reason, but because of it.
You can see why this matters in our quote from Lewis. Our changing moods often affect our spirituality. We often feel like we’re close to God, or far from God. Faith allows a person to know that even though they don’t feel it, God is with them.
As a person who doesn't have a particularly emotional connection to my faith, this description of faith has been incredibly important to me. I need a faith that allows me to stick it out when I don’t feel it, because I rarely feel it.
I love this quote because this has been my experience with faith. It’s not something shallow and flaky. It doesn’t depend on emotion.
It’s deep, grounded, and reliant on God, not me. This is why faith the size of a mustard seed is so powerful — because the size of your faith is not important. What matters is the power of that which you put your faith in.