I have heard many unbelievers who claim that it is our faith that “saves” us and not Jesus Christ. The depths of depravity that would sink to that level is shocking. As the scriptures tell us, God gives certain ones over to a reprobate mind. Clearly it is a reprobate mind that could fathom a scenario where something we do offers us salvation. The scriptures tell us that only Jesus Christ has the keys to death and hell but, there are those who have sunk to the level that they would rather believe a lie than the truth.
Scripture tells us that there are those who have exchanged the truth for a lie. We also learn that there are “fools” who claim that there is no God. The whole doctrine of saving oneself is just as foolhardy as claiming that our faith saves us. In their “mind”, it’s as if Jesus Christ didn’t suffer the beating, the ridicule and the cross for us.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” - Hebrews 11:1 NKJV
When crossing a bridge, we have “faith” that the bridge will hold the weight of our transportation plus us. When we step on an elevator, we have “faith” that it’s going to take us to the correct floor. When we climb stairs we have “faith” that the stairs will hold us. When we climb into our automobile we have “faith” that the automobile will start, run and stop correctly. The same could be said for boats, buses, airplanes/jets and trains. Yet, none of those things nor our “faith” in them will save us when we draw our last breath. Our “faith” did not do anything but allow us to use whatever mode of transportation that we desire. Our “faith” won't save us at the last but will enable us to choose where we will spend eternity. The scripture of choose ye this day whom you will serve comes to mind.
You can have tons of “faith” that the bridge, elevator or stairs will hold you but, if they are faulty, your “faith” will be useless. You can have tons of “faith” that your automobile will start, run and stop correctly but if it’s malfunctioning, your “faith” will make no difference. An automobile for example that is not maintained WILL malfunction eventually regardless of how much “faith” you have in it. You may have a lot of “faith” in your employer and their business however, if business goes badly, you may find yourself in the unemployment line regardless of how much “faith” you had. For this and so many reasons there is no logic to the thinking that all one has to do is believe and viola’ salvation is granted.
Clearly it’s not JUST faith but what that “faith” is in that can make the difference. Belief in oneself will not save you because you don’t have the authority, ability nor power to fulfill that belief. You cannot cure cancer just because you have “faith”. You cannot cure the illnesses of children either just because you have “faith” that you can. If having “faith” were all that was required, there would be virtually NO need for doctors, hospitals nor the practice of medicine. If “faith” were the only need, builders, plumbers, electricians, lab technicians, law enforcement and lawyers would all be unnecessary. Automobiles wouldn’t need mechanics any more, all that would be required is that drivers possessed “faith”. Insurance would no longer be needed either because it would be again, replaced by“faith”.
Imagine how the space program could be revolutionized! Space travel would no longer be “dangerous”! Immunizations would be a thing of the past. Famine, global warming, climate change, pollution, taxation, law, crime and victimization would all have ended long ago. Door locks would be obsolete as well since “faith” is all that would be needed so the unbelievers claim. All government benefits would cease, because they were no longer needed. All taxation would cease as well since the government would just have “faith” that the funds would be there to govern.
Crime would cease as well. No one would use drugs, buy drugs nor sell drugs. There would be no need for alcohol since all one would need to do is have “faith” that they would have a good time and be inebriated. There would be no rape, murder nor theft so stores would no longer need security personnel to watch for shoplifters. Yes, it all sounds “easy” if “faith” is all that is required.