Often, faith in Christ is considered a belief that He existed and did all that the Bible claims He did. While it is a good place to start, this is not a deep abiding faith–it is acceptance. Even those who do not accept the divinity and saving role of Jesus, acknowledge that He truly walked in Palestine and that He truly taught and had a large following. Faith is “not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen which are true.” (Alma 32:21) You don’t have to know every aspect of the Savior’s life to have faith in Him, although it does bring you to know him better. You just need a hope that the things that aren’t readily apparent are true. I am not speaking of hope in a sense of a desperate desire. Hope, as it is discussed here, means that you confidently expect these things to be true. When we have faith in Christ, we are confident in the things that much of the world does not accept because of the lack of physical evidence. We are confident that Jesus Christ suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane and that His suffering allows us to be washed clean of our sins. We are confident that not only did Christ suffer and die on the cross, but that He took up His body again in a pure and holy state and now all men will receive a resurrected body. Not only are we confident in what Christ did, but we must have this same faith in what He said. We cannot believe in Christ only–we must also believe Christ. We must be confident that He can do everything that He has said He can do, including washing us clean and letting us start over, comforting us, taking our fears and pain, guiding us in safe paths and in ways that we can become more like Him. These are His promises and to have faith in Christ is to be confident that He will keep His word.
Sometimes, it seems so overwhelming. In the movie “Everafter,” the character Prince Henry asks how one could “live each day with this sort of passion? Don’t you find it exhausting?” Later in the film, he relates, “I used to think, if I cared at all, I would have to care about everything…and I’d go stark raving mad.” That’s how faith seems–passionate, all encompassing, and exhausting. With the problem, he also provides the key. He continues by saying, “But now I’ve found my purpose.” When you see the purpose of your faith, it is just as all encompassing; however, instead of exhaustion, you can find peace and tranquility. The reason to have faith in Christ is that, as soon as you believe in all those promises that were listed above, He can fulfill them.
How can we build this faith? We can come to know our Savior better. This is where knowing the scriptures and understanding the life of Christ comes into play. As we study the scriptures and recognize the hand of God in our life, we trust Him more. This trust is an important aspect of our faith. We must converse with God in the name of Christ through prayer. In Hebrews 11:6, Paul writes, “for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and the he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Our prayers both represent and increase our knowledge and trust of Christ. Lastly, King Lamoni, seeking faith in Christ and the fulfillment of His promises cried out in prayer, “I will give away all my sins to know thee…” (Alma 22:18). We to must give up all our sins so that we may know, and trust, and believe in our Savior, Jesus Christ.