What does the Bible teach about faith?
Faith is synonymous with trust in God’s Word in Christianity. The Bible says that eternal life is through Jesus — complete and absolute trust in Jesus’ works alone and not our own. The Bible also assures us that one already has eternal life from the moment of their conversion. This is because true faith is always in Jesus’ work, and his work has been judged perfect.
What’s more, through faith, God gifts to his children forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and the companionship of the Holy Ghost. God gives them voluntarily, without obligation, payment, or condition.
We...know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ.
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What does Mormonism teach about faith?
In Mormonism, faith is accepting the Mormon plan of salvation and the power God gives Mormons to resist sin and perform works. This faith is a commitment to keep the commandments of Mormonism, and you can strengthen your faith by keeping the commandments. Like all blessings from God in Mormonism, faith is obtained and increased through individual obedience and righteous action.
To have faith in Jesus Christ means to have such trust in Him that we obey whatever He commands.
Gospel Principles, Chapter 18: Faith in Jesus Christ
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Why this Matters
Faith is belief or trust in something. Just as a foundation is important to a building, faith is only as good as what it places its hope in. We will lack certainty if our trust relies upon, even in part, ourselves or our efforts.
This certainty is why God encourages us to trust in Christ’s saving work alone for eternal life. Through faith in Christ alone, the merits of Christ’s saving work become ours personally. Moreover, this faith provides complete certainty and confidence.
The merit of human righteousness cannot earn eternal life with God. We can never do enough to make ourselves worthy. The law will not bring us to eternal life with God, only Christ can do that, and his work is finished. The LDS teaching on faith puts man and his inadequate efforts at the center of everything, shifting trust away from God and the redeeming work of Christ.
Through faith in Christ alone, the merits of Christ’s saving work become one’s personally. Moreover, this faith provides complete certainty and confidence. But, on the other hand, one will lack eternity certainty if their trust relies on, even in part, themselves or their efforts or works of the law.
Mormons don’t have certainty of their eternal destiny today because it is based on their worthiness, not the work of Jesus.
1 Corinthians 12:3
Faith is full and complete trust that Jesus is enough.
Faith is the commitment to keep the commands of Mormonism.