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Jesus said unto him Thomas because thou hast seen me thou hast believed blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed -John 2029 Faith has no better definition than the one described by the Gospel of John in the above quotation Jesus clearly exemplifies the blessedness in true faith as he states that those who have not seen and yet believe are blessed Such a quotation is paramount to the understanding of faith Often times people are mistaken in deeming faith and belief as one and the same thing however Jesus definition would lead one to a different conclusion that faith is separate from simple belief and is seemingly much more important Not only does faith require blind belief but requires an element of trust which people are usually hesitant to bestow This hesitation in giving out blind belief is the result of certain detractors of faith namingly disbelief heresy apostasy and blasphemy These four elements when present in a persons life take away from their ability to have faith especially faith in God Disbelief is simply the rejection of faith by a person who clearly has realized the obligation to Gods word Heresy is the deliberate and obstinate denial of Gods truth by a person who is baptized and once accepted the faith Apostasy involves the rejecting of the entire Christian belief again by a person who was once baptized Heresy and Apostasy differ in that heresy denies only some beliefs whereas apostasy denies the validity of the whole Christian teaching As one can imagine heresy often leads to apostasy Lastly blasphemy detracts from faith as it is the contemptuous speaking about God By avoiding these four attacks on faith one can maintain strength in belief which results in the maintenance of the other two theological virtues Hope and Charity Faith being the first and foremost theological virtue hope and charity as one might expect are dependant on the preservation
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