Hi! Where is the difference between getting faith in God after hearing a sermon and getting faith in other things as a response? Is it the same kind of faith? For example a person can hear a sermon and the reaction my be faith. A person can also see advertisement for diet pills and the reaction can also be faith in the pills. So I ask myself where is the difference? Because the bible says faith is a gift from God, does this mean that some people cannot believe because God has not given them this gift? What if you're for example raised in a christian home and this is the reason why you believe, does this make a difference? What if you simply believe because you were raised this way? In the past most peoples were believers and they simply believed because they were raised this way. They went to church and believed and didn't think much about it, this was simply their way of life. What is faith? A decision? A knowledge? A feeling? And do you also make differences between faith and hope? There are christians which totally goof on hope and say hope is nothing and hope cannot save you. But how are you supposed to know wether you have faith or only hope? After all did not the people in the OT all have hope in the messiah? None of them had seen him. Did Abraham not also have hope in Jesus? Can somebody who only has hope not also be saved and give his life to Jesus? I don't understand why christians have to make everything so complicated.