Today we delved somewhat into the differences of “secular” faith and “sacred” faith. Let’s explore this further by asking “What are similarities of all faiths and what is the uniqueness of Spirit Faith?” The first similarity is that all the religions of the world call upon its followers to have faith in it’s creed’s, philosophies, or it’s path to be right with the god’s or god that it follows. The faith these people are called to is to believe in the unseen and in the results of what is promised by these different religions. The second similarity, in most cases, is that there is a community to join to practice their beliefs together. The Bible is fairly clear that God wants us to practice our faith together--Acts 2:42 and Hebrews 10:25. From my readings these are the only two similarities.
The difference of the Spirit Faith is even found in these two words “Spirit Faith.” God is Spirit and those that worship Him will worship Him in Spirit and truth (John 4:24). If God is Spirit then God cannot be found unless it is through faith. Remember faith is being called to see the unseen (Hebrews 11:1). In all the other religions they purpose a code, a way to follow, or a prescribed way to become clean. The emphasis in these religions isn’t to have faith in what this god can do for you but, in what you can do to be right with this god. The uniqueness of the Spirit Faith is that we are called to believe in what God has done for us and is going to do for us. Let’s explore this awesome difference even more.
The joy that comes from following the captain of our faith is that we can simply have faith in what God has done for us through his Son. In Ephesians 2:8a it is written, “For by grace you have been saved through faith.” To understand the uniqueness of Christianity we have to look to Christ. Jesus makes claims that no other prophet or messiah makes. Jesus claims to be God in the flesh (John 1:14). Jesus claims that He died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead (1 Cor. 15:1-5). When Jesus said on the cross “It is finished” He said I have paid for all the sins of the world. As many have said there are only two kinds of religion and that is the “Do” religion and the “Done” religion. Christianity is the “Done” religion. We are called to have faith in what Christ has done for us, what He is doing now for us and what He will do for us in the future. The “do” religion is me having faith in what I can achieve on my own.
Hopefully, this begins to clarify what kind of faith is taught in the Scriptures. Also, I hope you see how similar “secular faith” is to “religious faith.” Secular faith says to believe in a goal, a status, a way of living as the “good life.” The faith of a secular person is different than the faith of a christian person. It is all based on good works. In our society we use terms like a self-made person. We will say they have done well for themselves. There is no mention about what God has done for them. Why? Because of what the humanist believe, that they are the measure of all things, not God. I am being somewhat black and white in these statements simply because we only have so much time and room to discuss these matters. I know the fusion of different religious beliefs is a popular idea today. In our society there are so many offshoots and tribes of beliefs that it would take an ink well to even begin to discuss them. Yet, here is what we know, Christianity is unique not because of its followers, but because of its leader Jesus Christ. Since Christ is so unique then so is the faith that we are called to have in Him and all that he does on our behalf. My prayer is that we would rejoice by faith in all that God has done for us! It is a lot!