Essay on Christian Faith

986 Words Oct 30th, 2014 4 Pages
The Catholic Approach to faith, God, Jesus, Scripture, and Church
My perspective on Christianity is characterized by an intimate connection with God. Identifying oneself as a specific denomination and the actual institution of religious is not as important as this relationship. Faith can be defined as an intimate conviction of allegiance, faith, fidelity, and trust. Faith can also be described as that which you give your mind, energy, and heart to; that which gives meaning to your life. Faith is one’s intimate connection with God and serves as the lens through which we interpret life; faith gives meaning to our experiences. Examining faith from a Christian perspective may lead one to ask if faith is even practical in today’s society.
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Fidelity includes one’s commitment to God. This is comparable to the faithfulness of marriage; one must commit wholly to his or her spouse and remain faithful. Faith is also vision. One’s interpretation or perception of “what is”, a way of seeing the “whole picture.” Sharing God’s view of reality. Faith as assent means acquiescence to cognitive belief or one’s intellectual approval to religious doctrine. Faith a assent is concurrence, compliance, acquiescence. Faith as assent reveals truth in that which is questionable. This is important because one’s heart cannot accept what his or her mind rejects (Thompson).
Since religion is rooted in personal experience and encounters, celebrated through ritual, and elaborated in doctrine, one’s faith plays an essential role to his or her perspective of life experiences. According to James Fowler, faith has six stages. Indistinguishable and intuitive-projective faith typically occurs from birth to age six. This is the first stage is the faith where one accepts his or her parents’ faith as his or her own. Stage two is identified as mythical-literal; ones does not understand the essence of religion and lacks practical knowledge of religion at this stage. He or she generally accepts the doctrine or his or her religious community but tends to understand it quite literally. The third stage occurs from age twelve to late adolescence; it is a synthetic-conventional stage where religion is

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