by Doy Moyer
Faith is the demonstration of our conviction that we trust the reality of what we cannot see.
That is not the same as saying there is no evidence. Trusting the reality of what we cannot see means only that our faith is not dependent on first-hand material observation. I accept historical testimony without having to see firsthand what happened in history. People accept evidence all the time without actually seeing it firsthand for themselves. This is nothing new.
Here, we are simply recognizing that faith is about trust and conviction, and it requires that we demonstrate it through our actions.
To say that we have faith is to say that we will trust God and act upon this conviction. This is the faith that pleases God (see Hebrews 11).