The Greek word for faith in the New Testament is usually some variation of pistis. The verb pisteuo is often translated “believe” but did not originally have the heavy connotation of “intellectual assent” or “dogmatic belief” that it does today. Indeed, when getting to know Jesus, it is better to think of faith in terms of “trust” and “reliance” rather than belief, in the modern sense of the word. And to live by faith, in this more original sense, you would do well to bracket (for the time being) any rigidly dogmatic or ideological beliefs about Jesus or the Bible. As it is written:
“You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. Yet you refuse to come to me to have life” (John 5:39-40).
As such, if you would really come to Him, you should sidestep the endless debates about the historical Jesus or the authority of scripture and look, instead, to the living Reality that IS Christ-in-you – the only Reality in which you may fully trust and on which you may completely rely – a Reality which IS prior to and independently of that which you believe or disbelieve or otherwise think about it.
“Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me” (Revelation 3:20).
As you begin to awaken to this living Reality, you can revisit the traditional teachings associated with the name of Jesus and truly understand them for the first time.
–> Chapter 2: The Image of God in You