Philosophy: In ALL human endevors involving the element of Hope, Faith is by definition operative.
Thank you for your acknowledgement in my interest in the study of religion (comparative), 'specializing' especially the Christian viewpoint although I admit no professional qualifications in this regard.
In so far that the premise of faith is 'hope': I assert that U have exercised mutualfaith
in so far as U hope
- the bus driver is licensed and qualified to drive the bus
- the vehicle(bus) is inspected and cleared for safe use in order for commuters to arrive safely and on time
- the traffic lights are safety inspected and will not reveal confusing traffic signals that cause sober motorist to collide
- even in case of accident, the bus company is insured by a solvent insurance company who will uphold the welfare of commuters in highest regard
- the laws/ legal courts of the land regularly serve justice to ensure that reckless drivers and rogue bus insurers are penalised/ neutered to make public transport commuting safe and pleasant for all
- and I haven't even touched on the topic of Ebola epidemic yet...
Thus in so far as U have faith in the situation (bus journey from A to B) to result in the outcome that U are hoping for (safe arrival at destination), U have operated on (exercised/ exerted) faith (in hope of your expected outcome) whether U realise it or not.
In short, faith is the basis of all actions premised on (/with elements of) hope
Back to this thread topic since the conversation has digressed: transparency in Church (/religious organisations) accounts will improve the nature of religious faith by Congregational (/public) check and balances both in teaching and financial prudence. Just as drunk/ reckless motorists are routinely weeded out at roadblocks, likewise essential is transparency necessary to weed out corrupt religious leaders: the former so that citizens can have faith in the safety of road journeys, the latter so that the practise of religion remains chaste and pure for the well-being of everyone.
|Hebrews 11:1 (bible hub.com)
New International Version: Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
New Living Translation: Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
English Standard Version: Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
New American Standard Bible : Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
King James Bible: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.