The Gift of Faith

I recently wrote about a spiritual gift test I had taken online. Besides being amused that fundamentalist Christians seem to believe that ordinary talents that we all possess are somehow supernatural gifts, I was struck by one gift in particular: the gift of faith. I thought about this when J.D., another poster on this blog, took the test and came out with a score of 0 (that’s zero: zilch! nichts! nada! zippo!) for his gift-of-faith score. According to SpiritualGiftsTest.com, the saved receive their spiritual gifts, including the gift of faith, upon salvation. They justify their claim with the following verses:

1Co 12:4-10; Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit…
For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

Rom 12:3; …God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

But wait a minute – isn’t faith required for salvation? Then how is faith one of the gifts that one receives after salvation?

It gets worse. If our faith is a gift from God, and if salvation requires faith, then those who are saved were chosen by God to be saved (just as Calvin thought). Then those of us who do not believe were not meant to believe. If God created us and we were not meant to be saved, then it was clearly God’s plan to create us for the purpose of torturing us throughout eternity for our unbelief.

One popular (if inane) chorus that Christians often chant is that it takes too much faith to be an atheist. Rather than respond with reason which all to often falls on deaf ears and sluggish intellects, we should simply quote 1Co 12:4-10 and respond: “it’s a gift from God.”

One Response to The Gift of Faith

  1. Tails Prower says:

    I think you are taking this the wrong way, in the passage that mentions the gift of faith, it means God is giving you more faith. In Romans 12:3, it states that we all are by default born with some ability to have faith. What it means by the gift of faith is when you are given the ability to have enough faith to do God’s will, even when given such tall orders. It is not that you never had faith to begin with, you were just given more faith in order to perform even taller orders. Just search on the internet for Gift of Holy Spirit, Gifts of faith and it’s has a lot better explanation. God Bless.

    A proud Roman Catholic
    A proud Christian Furry

    P.S. To admin, If I show up more than three times tonight. I am not spamming, I merely feel like answering everyone’s questions on this website.

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