No evidence for factual things reaches 100%. For instance, when you want to cross the street you carefully look both ways to see what your chances are. And, assuming that a car driving at excessive speeds is not coming along, your chances of getting across the street are about 80% (give or take) of doing so with your arms and legs intact. But, it’s never 100%. What you really do is combine the evidence at the level that it exists with faith. Faith is jumping the gap from the evidence to certainty. And, most people when they cross the street take 100% of themselves along, not 80%. They do not leave an arm or a leg behind. Our decisions in life are a combination of evidence and faith. If you act on anything, you have faith. This is completely unlike the modern idea that faith is something in the absence of evidence, and that the two are opposite methods of knowing the world. But, as we have seen, both are necessary for purposely doing anything in the world.
This sort of faith is a trust in your own ability to properly know the world; a faith that you really do see the things that you see and really do experience the things that you experience. Your mind could be mistaken or corrupted in some way so that you can’t truthfully see and know what’s going on in the real world, but most of us don’t question the accuracy of our minds. We trust that what is going on in our heads matches what is going on around us. But, we are irresistibly compelled to take the next step, to see what is going on, to know ourselves and the world more fully.
Another sort of faith is a trust in what another person tells you. You trust that when they say, I love you, it is true. It’s the same when you trust your father to tell you about the world. He tells you that seeds turn into trees and you believe him though you haven’t seen it yet. And others who become your teachers tell you a great many things that you could never have discovered on our own.
A religious faith goes beyond faith in parents and teachers. It is trust in God and what he says. We do not approach him with a worldly or self-trusting faith, but a faith as you would in your own father. Self and the world are inadequate of themselves to know the person of God, although necessary staring points for life. This sort faith, however, is born out of a response to him and what he has said to you, either through nature or through his word.
The quality, or type of faith one might have changes upon where you put it. Whether it’s in yourself, the world, a person, or a creator. Faith’s substances changes depending on where it’s placed.