Another one of the books that came in with my Amazon order is called Ruthless Trust, also by Brennan Manning. I haven’t had a chance to read it other than the foreward but just that and the title made me curious and start to think. Do I know what trust is? Do I know what faith is? In the context of things spiritual. I think I’m going to explore it a little and see what I find. First stop is Answers.com of course.
First, I’ll check out trust:
- Firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing.
- Custody; care.
- Something committed into the care of another; charge.
- The condition and resulting obligation of having confidence placed in one: violated a public trust.
- One in which confidence is placed.
- Reliance on something in the future; hope.
- Reliance on the intention and ability of a purchaser to pay in the future; credit.
Hmm, lots of legal stuff there. How about faith?
- Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.
- Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence. See synonyms at belief, trust.
- Loyalty to a person or thing; allegiance: keeping faith with one’s supporters.
- often Faith Christianity. The theological virtue defined as secure belief in God and a trusting acceptance of God’s will.
- The body of dogma of a religion: the Muslim faith.
- A set of principles or beliefs.
Go figure, mostly in a religious context.
I’ll have to meditate on this a while, the first thing that jumps out is the repeated use of the word “reliance” in the trust definition and the use of “belief” in the faith one.
I wonder, did Jesus say trust me or did he say believe me?