Faith in the Bible is precisely what faith is in English. It is the conviction something is true.
For example, note the exchange that took place concerning faith in John 11:25-27: Jesus said to her [Martha], “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
The Lord Jesus made two simple declarations about Himself and those who believe in Him. When He asked Martha, “Do you believe this?” He was asking if she was persuaded that His two declarations were true. She said she did believe what He said. There was no fuzziness here. In order to make a passage like this complicated, one must import a foreign meaning into the word believe (pisteuo).
Consider also the purpose statement of John’s Gospel: These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name (John 20:31). The one who is convinced that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, has eternal life. There is only one other place in John’s Gospel where the expression: “the Christ, the Son of God” occurs. That is in John 11:25-27, the passage we just considered.
Anyone who believes that Jesus guarantees eternal life to all who believe in Him for it believes that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.
John 20:31 does not speak of commitment, discipleship, perseverance, or good works. It speaks merely of believing that Jesus is the Christ. Again, one must read foreign concepts into believing in order to find anything other than mental assent in John’s purpose statement. Read more … http://www.faithalone.org/journal/2005i/wilkin.pdf
Grace and Peace to you my friends,
Bob West – geezerdust