Faith of Abraham

Faith is the foundation of any religion, and this is also the case when reading the stories of the Bible. Faith is a word that is found throughout the Bible and used repeatedly. Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as, “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. Although God is someone that cannot be seen, he is known for his love, mercy, and kindness. Through faith, God made many things happen. Because of the faith of the Israelites, they were lead out of bondage to the Promised Land. Many people throughout Judea were healed by their faith in Jesus. One woman had to do nothing but touch the hem of his garment and she was made whole. In another instance, a woman was healed by his word alone. All of these things could not happen without faith. Thus it is the foundation of theology and biblical teaching.

Abraham was known as, the “father of faith” (Seniors 469). Abraham’s faithfulness is repeated throughout the bible. “The theme of faith of Abraham is employed in 3 different New Testament writers by Paul in Galatians 3, Romans 4, and Hebrews”, (Longenecker 203). Even the first people made in God’s image, Adam and Eve, did not have the same faith as Abraham. In today’s world, Abraham would have been thought of as a crazy man. He had full faith and confidence in simply a voice and His word. Abraham listened to God when he called him out of the land that was most familiar to him. Even crazier, Abraham was willing to do something that no one today would ever consider doing, to kill his only son with Sarah and sacrifice him to God. Only a cold blooded killer could kill their own child. Most would sacrifice themselves before sacrificing their son. However, Abraham was going to do it and would have if God had not stopped him. The sacrifice that Abraham was willing to make pleased God so much, that God made a promise to Abraham. This promise would later become the building blocks of the Christian and the Jewish faith. If not for the faith of Abraham, we may not know the mercy and goodness of God’s love and kindness. “It stresses the faithfulness and mercy of God to the people and to the judge” (Boadt 175).

Works Cited

Boadt, Lawrence. Reading the Old Testament: An Introduction. Revised and Expanded ed. Richard Clifford and Daniel Harrington, eds. New York: Paulist Press, 2012. Print. 

 Boadt, Lawrence. “Galatians: Reading Guide.” The Catholic Study Bible. Eds. Donald Senior, et al. New York: Oxford U P, 1990. RG-469. Print.

 Longenecker, Richard. “The Faith of Abraha Theme in Paul James and Hebrews: A study in the Circumstantial Nature of New Testament Teaching. Journal of Evangelical Theological Society. 20. (1977). 203-212. Retrieved from:  http://apollos.squarespace.com/hebrews/The%20’Faith%20of%20Abraham’%20Theme%20in%20Paul%20James%20and%20Hebrews.pdf

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I am an independent freelance writer and free thinker. I strive to use my writing talents to benefit the greater good of society, one word, one sentence, one page at a time. Originally from Richmond, California I attended San Francisco State University receiving a BA in English Creative Writing and American Literature in 2004. After this I attended post graduate studies in 2008 at Georgia’s Kennesaw State University in Technical Writing. With an academic background in English, I have spent more than 10 years’ helping young people succeed. This can be seen in my career background in education and mental health. I am a certifiable Language Arts teacher for the state of Georgia. I also worked in social services including juvenile mental health treatment services and counseling. As a result, I understand the diversity of problems people face in their everyday lives. With words put together like so, I promote equality and a healthy society for all people regardless of individual differences. Conducting research, writing articles, essays, and blogging, I push to educate others about various issues that affect people. I also do this creatively through short stories, poems, pictures, and a novel in progress. My hobbies and interest are reading and learning. I enjoy all things art and all things nature. From camping and astronomy to photography and cooking, I enjoy sighting seeing and socializing just as much as I enjoy curling in bed with a good book or binge watching TV.
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