What is faith?
The bible states, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
The dictionary states:
confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another’s ability.
belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.
belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion: the firm faith of the Pilgrims.
belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.: to be of the same faith with someone concerning honesty.
a system of religious belief: the Christian faith; the Jewish faith.

Does everybody have faith?
“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”

We all therefore have a “measure” of faith given to us by God. The term “measure” implies that we all have different amounts of faith.
As I have mentioned in an earlier post man is a subset of God. We have many of the characteristics of God but to a lesser degree. We cannot be or use anything that God has not given us. If God has not created it, it does not exist. God created light but we can use light in various ways. God created paintings but we can draw our own paintings. Man operates in the “framework” that God has given him. God created good and EVIL. We can do good or evil. We can even create our own evil devises (lucky us).

“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
Now do you supposed that Satan (aka Adversary) wanted us to know good and evil to help us out?
There is a saying that a little knowledge in the hands of a fool is a dangerous thing. The knowledge of evil in the hands of a flawed man can be a horrific thing – which it has certainly proven to be.
But I digress.
Since everyone of us has been given a measure of faith we can use it in any manner that we see fit – and we do.
It a secular sense we choose to “believe” things that we have not seen or experienced personally.
Most of us believe in evolution although we have never seen it or has it been actually proven. This faith is like the dictionary definition number one – faith in another’s ability. They must know that evolution has happened.
However They of course are exercising their faith because They have never seen it nor can They prove it.
A similar faith is placed in They that tell us that the universe just happened in a Big Bang. They choose to believe it by exercising their faith because it can NEVER be proven.
Faith is in operation everyday. It can operate within the context of God or outside of God.
The Bible says, “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

The “have faith in God” part of Jesus’statement can certainly be construed to mean believe in God however the next two sentences have no reference to God.
I think that anyone can exercise their faith to even move mountains but that they should do it according to God’s precepts (in God). They (we) can do great things with our faith but if we venture into self it will displease God.

Faith is an act of the will. We choose to excerise our faith. In most instances that excerise takes little effort on our part. The universe just happened and life just evolved. It is easy because we think we have “no skin in the game”.
However when we have things at stake faith becomes much more difficult to excerise. Even faith in God becomes the extreme excerise of our faith and will when our faith is tested by torture or death, which many have experienced thru the centuries.

Religion and Christianity in particular has been called a crutch. But as your life grows short and you become feeble, a crutch is a handy thing to have.

Question to Ponder: As your life draws to a close is it better to have exercised your faith on the Big Bang and evoloution where there is certainly no hope – period, or on God and Jesus where there is hope of eternal life?