People are always looking for answers especially in the midst of extreme conditions and much worst when things seem hopeless and uncertain. we fail to realize that every person has the capacity to face any situation. that is because we can choose to believe we can and that choice is FAITH. someone powerful must have given it to us and if that entity is real, we might as well seek Him. perhaps we might understand the very purpose He created us.
The comparative analysis between small faith and a faith that is compared to a small grain of mustard seed became a problematic issue due to misrepresentation in terms of biblical translation that inferred a technical context which is quantitative instead of a qualitative faith. “Little faith” in Greek is oligopistos a combination of two words which means oligos-puny or small and pistis-faith and most biblical scholars tend to faithfully adhere to literal translation which sometimes may serve as a language barrier; other scholars employ “dynamic equivalence” translation to bridge this gap. Maybe the Greek word should have been translated “skeptical “to avoid the problem of seeing “a quantity of faith” where in the readers should be seeing more the quality of one’s faith is what counts. And so we end up focusing on the semantics problem other than realizing the inner meaning of God’s word and then exclaimed “hey doesn’t that sound the same and contradictory a small faith and a faith small as a grain of mustard seed”? Small faith I believe refers to people who are very unstable in their decision and lacks confidence in God however a faith that is like a mustard seed is a humble sincere person who has a spark of hope within his heart that could incite a great magnitude of God’s power; like a small match stick that could burn the whole forest.
Another problem is theologians’ and preachers’ misrepresentation of “mountain movers or moving mountains” wherein they foolishly declare that it is a figure of speech or it is a Jewish proverbial phrase. If the God of Moses could part the waters of red sea and the God of Elijah sent down fire from heaven when he asked for it, then what would stop God from moving mountains? Figure of speech, isn’t that indirectly delimiting faith? Well practically speaking if God would uproot the base of a mountain that would be detrimental to the landscape of a certain environment one may consider that, but with respect to the invincibility of Gods power what is there to stop Him from destroying a structure, it may be for a good purpose? And if a battalion of evil men are about to wipe out mercilessly a quite peaceful community would it be practical to drop a whole mountain to stop them?
Faith is like a key that would open a portal to the unseen realm, I guest for long time we have been blind unable to see many things when Eve the mother of all human took the forbidden fruit; “and that it was pleasing to the eyes” (Genesis 3:6).
We humans don’t like the idea of not being in control; unaware we have developed the attitude of discarding faith as a part of our everyday preoccupation. One day, under extreme condition, it hit us that we are not really in control, we are now confronted to make a choice to believe in something or someone or desperately resort to our own human means.
Learning to trust a powerful creator... our maker... is to free ourselves from the many threats that frighten us every moments of our existence... and then we gradually feel safer... and safer... and safer... until we realize we are safe.
If that sounds like an illusion... then one would never really experience the reality of being safe.
What is left is leaving in constant fear...