By M. J. Corrales
When we sit down on a chair, we have faith
that it will support us. When we drive our
car across a bridge, we have faith that those
bridge-builders knew what they were doing.
This is the simplest form of faith, the hundred-times-a-day
confidence we have in the world around us.
Yes, it will work. Yes, it won't break. Yes,
my drive-through burger bag really does contain
what I ordered and is not filled with shredded
But then there's the deeper faith, the faith
in Someone greater than ourselves. When the
Lord said, I will never leave you nor forsake
you - we believe it. When Jesus said He will
return - we believe it.
A wise Sunday School teacher once said that
faith was taking God at His
word. This can convey the meaning of believing
that the Scriptures, the Word of God, are
true. It could also mean that the words of
God are true. There's the old saying about
even believing the leather is genuine, referring
to the "Genuine Leather" stamped
on most leather-bound Bibles.
But in this critical, skeptical world of
ours, the concept of inner faith seems to
be a pick-and-choose type of belief system,
a "one from column A, one from column
B" frame of reference. "Well, I'm
sure this is true but I'm not too sure about
that." When it comes to the Bible, it's
all or nothing. Take it all by faith or let
Several years ago, there was a Hollywood
producer (or director) whose television movies
were based on stories from the Bible (although
much of the films' content had little to do
with Bible). This particular moviemaker was
also quoted at that time as saying he believed
in the sanctity of the Bible, except for Genesis
and Revelation (!) as "everyone knows"
those two books are just full of "fables"
and "made-up stuff" so he didn't
have a problem with fooling around with any
There never has been nor will there ever
be a "disclaimer" on the Bible about
reading at our own risk as some parts are
true and some aren't - and we're not telling
which is which. No, faith in an absolute,
supreme, sovereign Being is wonderful indeed.
And faith in His words and in His works is
Faith can move mountains. Or it can just
help us get through our day.
M. J. Corrales is Director of The Glory
Foundation, a philanthropic organization
funded by business and private donations.
Ms. Corrales has been writing for quite some
time with concentration on Bible Studies,
devotionals, and mono-dramas of various women
of the Bible. She can be contacted by emailing