My last post introduced this question that is so commonly asked amongst all of us. I plan on doing three posts, total, on this question -- this being the second. This post is actually going to be short and sweet and to the point. In fact this post will provide an answer that I am sure will prove to be an unsatisfactory answer for most -- me included -- but it is the truth. I hinted at this in my previous post, and in fact this point served as the basis for how it is that we are to approach the above question (the title of the post). The answer to the above question is that (as I highlighted in my first post, that there really aren't any "good people") we walk by faith.
But, I think "trust" is the foundation of the other two. In fact, I am not really sure this medieval schema is in fact the most faithful way to construe faith. So maybe I've already moved from what I said above about this medieval concept capturing the biblical conception of faith. Because really, "faith" is best epitomized by Jesus' relationship to the Father. Knowledge of God and assent to that knowledge does not seem to be the most prominent thing in God's self-revelation of Himself to humanity through Christ. Instead, what we see is the Son submitting Himself to the Father's will out of love based upon the trust that He has in the Father's purposes. I think this provides the best frame for understanding what "faith" entails; that is, by looking at how that plays out in the inter-relations between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
If this is the case, then the way we answer the question of this post is not primarily one that will seek to assuage our intellectual desires; but instead, this question is set within the life of God himself, within and through the Son's trusting and loving gaze upon the Father by the Holy Spirit. So in other words, the way we answer this question is an issue that is set within the boundaries of salvation and reconciliation itself; instead of the typical starting point, which is to start in the realm of philosophy and apologetics. This issue is only going to be answered by starting with faith from and in Christ by the Holy Spirit. Do you find this satisfying, or relevant?