All religous people agree that faith is of great importance. But we don’t all agree what faith is, or how it should be obtained. There is one belief of faith that says that those that practice it best, know the least about what they put their hope in. Knowledge has no place with faith and in fact diminishes it. This could be described as blind faith and tells us how we should hold belief.
I disagree with this brand of faith. Instead I think faith explains our actions not our beliefs. I think true biblical faith could be described as “active trust”. We put faith in many things throughout our day. I put faith in the chair I’m sitting in. I have faith that a bridge is safe and I have faith that drivers in other cars have control of their vehicles. I can claim confidence and strong belief in all of these things, but I don’t actually practice faith in them until I actively trust them (by sitting in the chair for instance). The same is true of God. I put my faith in Him when I listen to his calling and obey his commands.
The problem with blind faith is that it automatically disqualifies many of the men that we set as examples of great faith. For example how can we say that Moses had faith when he frequently heard the audible voice of God and practiced so many great miracles. How could he deny a belief in God? Or what about the Disciples; they were direct witnesses of the resurrection. They had no choice but to acknowledge that Jesus was Christ. And finally, Joseph Smith. He stands as the only man in all of history to see both the Father and the Son and recieve instruction from them. If blind faith is our model, then no one can by any means describe Joseph Smith as a man of great faith. He had more knowledge of God than anyone.
Faith is not just a matter of belief it is active trust. Satan and the demons have extrodinarily accurate belief in God, but they have no faith.