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What is the most important thing about faith?

Submitted: 2/10/2009
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Question: If I was writing an essay on faith through the book of James, what do you think is the most important information that readers who are non-believers or have little faith should know about faith?

Answer: We would say that the most important thing for your readers to know is that real faith requires obedience to God. As James said, 'Be a doer of the word and not a hearer only.' To hear and know what the Bible says yet refuse to submit to it and actually obey it is described by James as 'dead faith.' The example given is Abraham. God told him to offer his beloved son Isaac as a sacrifice. Abraham could have said, 'I believe in you God, but I'm not going to do what you're telling me to do.' But had he responded in that way, he would have been proving that he didn't really believe in God. So thankfully he did obey God and is now regarded as the father of the faithful and is held up as a model of faith.