Very interesting, Terry.
Could you give some examples in the Scriptures where an object satisfies the transitive verb "faith" for the viewing audience?
Its a matter of grammar, not scripture. Of course scripture depends on grammatical constructs...... :)
Its not that complicated... If I say I have faith, then that's not enough on its own to mean anything. Its the object of the verb that completes the meaning...
If I have faith in Christ to save me, then where does the merritt lie? In Christ... If I say I believe in God's word as to how the universe was created, or who created, then where does the merritt lie? In God's word of course....
If I say I believe in mans ability to create rational explanations for the origin of the universe, and the origin of life, then where does the merritt lie? In man's rational ability.....
As far as Scripture goes, I think this is a critical passage:
1CO 1:19 For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise
, And the cleverness of the clever I will set aside."
1CO 1:20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
1CO 1:21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
1CO 1:22 For indeed Jews ask for signs, and Greeks search for wisdom;
1CO 1:23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness,
1CO 1:24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
1CO 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
This verse pretty much sums it up as well:PRO 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding.
I hope that helps the viewing audience... :)