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The Opposite Of Faith

He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”

Mark 4:40

In elementary school, we learned about opposites. Some were simple to understand, like directions (up versus down), but others had shades of meaning that required more careful thinking (nice versus mean). When we come to opposites in the spiritual life, we move even further away from simple meanings. For instance, what is the opposite of faith? The easy answer is “unbelief.” If we have faith, we believe; if we don’t have faith, we don’t believe.

But when Jesus called His disciples to account for their lack of faith, He suggested the opposite was fear instead of unbelief: “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” Why is fear the opposite of faith? In the setting where Jesus chastised His disciples, the issue at hand was the future. They were in the middle of a storm on the Sea of Galilee, and the disciples didn’t think they would make it to shore. So when we approach the future, we can approach it one of two ways: with faith or with fear.

If you are in the midst of a storm, choose to have faith in Christ to see you through.

The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.


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