Spiritual Faith and Religious Faith
to believe what you do not see and the reward of this faith is to see
what you believe.
— St. Augustine
Definition of Faith:
belief in something for which there is no proof
Complete trust and expectation
Something that is believed, especially with strong conviction
We give of our time, talents and services and have faith that reward
will be returned to us. We have unwavering faith in the "absolutes" of
existence - we are certain that the sun will rise or that gravity is
completely reliable. But we also have faith, or strong convictions in
circumstances, conditions and appearances that are later proven to be
wrong. We may also be living below our potential because of faith that
is based on deep-seated beliefs that were instilled in our mind from a
very young age.
This kind of faith is based
solely on our mindset, belief and expectation, and the belief itself
produces the result. Think about, bring about.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped
for, the evidence of things not seen.
— Hebrews 11:1
Definition of Spiritual Faith:
• Belief and trust in
mental and spiritual laws
in a higher power: God, the Universe, Infinite Intelligence, Divine
Presence, Spiritual Substance
We base our expectations on the
mental and spiritual laws of the Universe, such as the law of cause and
effect (karmic law), the universal law of circulation, the law of
giving and receiving, the law of reciprocity, the law of increase. As
you sow, you reap.
We can take this a step further and base our faith on our perception of
a Higher Power: God, the Universe, Infinite Intelligence, Divine
Presence, or Spiritual Substance as the source of our constant and
never-ending supply. We place our complete reliance and trust in the
Source of all good and know that we are connected to that source as the
child of a rich Universe.
it is the Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
— Luke 12:32
the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they
And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not
arrayed like one of these.
— Matthew 6:25-34
the lilies is the only commandment I ever obeyed.
I come that ye may have life, and that more abundantly. — John 10:10
Definition of Religious Faith:
in the traditional doctrines of a religion
• Strong belief and conviction in a system
of religious beliefs
Now, the definition of faith that we embrace in our prosperity work and
in our study of Universal laws is that of the second category above -
Spiritual Faith. The elements are not based on organized religion.
However, the elements of Spiritual Faith may be and often are included
in a particular religion or its doctrines.
For example, Feel Free to Prosper teachings might be described to a
Christian with the following scripture:
And do not be conformed to this
world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
— Romans 12:2
The scripture clearly lets us know that we have something to do with
the creation process - and that "something" relates to our thoughts and
Feel Free to Prosper teachings are about renewing our minds and
overcoming faulty beliefs in the subconscious that keep us from being
aligned with our spiritual source. That source - however you conceive
it - is the source of everything we desire and awaits our recognition.
I often use the term "Universe" to allow a majority of people to
relate. Everyone on this planet has a right to understand the
prosperity laws and to receive the gifts of their spiritual heritage.
There are many different paths to the One Source that has many names.
Religious Faith and Prosperity
It is important for the growth
of our prosperity consciousness for us to be discerning and become
aware of religious dogma that may have conditioned our minds, even
unconsciously, to interfere with our acceptance of true prosperity in
A businessman student of mine was raised as a Catholic and wrote to me
of the "utterance" that precedes the verse of the liturgy that was a
part of the Roman Catholic Mass.
"Lord, I am not worthy..."
begins the verse, which was changed from Latin to less formal English a
generation ago. He stated that he probably uttered the original version
several hundred times decades ago. Considering that the subconscious
mind does not reason but accepts our words literally, how do you
suppose such a repeated utterance affects one's ability to prosper in
"Money is the root of all evil."
This is one of the
most misquoted verses in the Bible. The actual verse is... For the love of money is the
root of all evil. This means we are not to "worship"
money as our God and that we are to remember and acknowledge the true
source of our wealth. And indeed, we must "love" money if we want to
attract it into our lives. We recognize it as another form of spiritual
substance that emanates from our Universal source of supply.
"Filthy lucre . . ."
The Latin root of lucre or lucrum also means "avarice" and meant
"shameful or illicit gain." Now think about it. Money can be no more
"filthy" or "evil" than the sheep or other livestock or grains or
metals used as a value of exchange for trade in ancient times before
You can see how centuries of misinterpretation can tar the meaning of
words and phrases which can result in a profound impact on the
prosperity consciousness of millions of people.
Acknowledge instead the spiritual literature, such as these biblical
references, that offer the proper perspective and assure you of your
birthright to prosper:
A Step Beyond...
is he who giveth thee power to get wealth.
— Deuteronomy 8:18
then thou shalt make thy ways prosperous, and then thou shalt have good
— Joshua 1:8
that ye may have life, and that more abundantly.
— John 10:10
I hope this has given you
something to ponder carefully with regard to your personal faith.