Is Faith all you Need?

Updated: Feb 14

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” — Mark 11:22–24

The above passage is often misinterpreted because we don’t take into account the literary devices used by the authors of the Bible. Some people use the above verses as a carte blanche when making requests to God. But is this passage telling us that if we have enough faith, God will do everything and anything for us? Common logic tells us no, as does personal experience. So what is really going on here?

The Bible uses a literary device called Hebraic Hyperbole. Sometimes the writers exaggerate for effect. We do the same thing in English. We say, “It’s raining cats and dogs.” What we mean is it is raining heavily. Let me give you some examples from the Bible of this device that are a little easier to see.

“You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.” — Matthew 23:24 

No one is straining gnats and swallowing camels! At least, I h