According to your high school physics book there are 4 forces in the universe. These are gravity, the electromagnetic force, the nuclear binding force, and the electro-weak force. We really don’t interact with the nuclear forces except in special circumstances involving atomic energy. Gravity and electromagnetism are with us every day, controlling how we interact with the world.
Christians believe that there is a 5th force that they call “faith” and that it also plays a part in our lives. Non-Christians would say “where is the evidence”, or “prove its existence to me”, but it is more a personal force that only interacts with someone who exhibits a belief in its existence. It is not measurable nor are its effects as visible as gravity. If it does exist, where does it come from and what does it affect that we can see?
It may surprise some that there is no Hebrew word for “faith”, yet Jesus emphasized its power throughout His ministry. The word in Greek that is closest in meaning is “Pisteuo” which means “to believe”.
If, as I have advocated in previous articles, we are really entities (spirits) from another universe (the Kingdom of God), then the forces of this physical universe will not necessarily be the same as forces of the other one. It is thought by String theorist Neil Turok of Cambridge University that even gravity is a force that is “leaking through” from a parallel universe. Why then can not faith also be a force that is exhibited in this one through believers who allow it to “leak through”, like gravity.
If that is true then faith is very powerful when exercised properly, just as gravity is extremely powerful under certain circumstances, like black holes.
What is necessary for faith to be exercised properly?
If we look back at examples of faith in the old and new testament, we see that in every case it required 1. a believer, and 2. an extreme and desperate situation. The old testament emphasizes that before exercising faith in God for a miracle, the person should fast and then be in prayer.
Inside everyone is really two people, the physical and the spiritual. I believe that for the “spiritual” man inside to overcome and exercise control over the natural instincts of the “physical” man, the body must become weak. Jesus went into the wilderness and fasted for 40 days. Daniel emphasized the power of fasting and prayer as a means to communicate with God. It is then that the spiritual side of us can exercise its power of faith. When our spiritual side is dominant in our bodies, then faith can be called forth.
2 Corinthians, 5:7 says “We walk by faith, not by sight”
Can anyone call on this power?
Only those who accept Jesus as their savior, and who are prepared to receive it. Who is prepared? Someone who has experienced something that causes them to lose faith in the physics of this universe and is willing to call on a power that is outside that realm. When Jesus healed the woman in Matthew 9:22, He said “your faith has made you whole”.
If we have the power to call forth a small part of a force from another universe, how much more powerful must it be in that place, and what would be our capabilities there. Perhaps faith is a force that we can exercise at will in “God’s Kingdom” to accomplish whatever we wish. Maybe now we can understand why it is so important that only someone who is worthy will be allowed into that kingdom.
In Matthew 17:20 Jesus said, “If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you”.