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Faith, in Christian theology, usually means the assent of the soul to the promises of God and the revelation of His will coupled with the confidence that He will perform His promises. The term thus expresses both acceptance of a system of doctrine and confidence in a Person; and besides intellectual assent, it involves a special state of the emotions and direction of the will. As assent to a system of doctrine, it is often contrasted with reason. Reason draws a conclusion from premises, faith (it is said) deals with and accepts a conclusion which is beyond the reach of unaided human reason, but certified by a kind of inward revelation.

“God is a skilful physician. He knows what is best. God observes the several tempers of men, and knows what will work most effectually. Some are of a more sweet disposition, and are drawn by mercy: others are more rugged and knotty pieces: these God deals with in a more forcible way. Some things are kept in sugar, some in brine. God doth not deal alike with all, he hath trials for the strong, and cordials for the weak.”
–Thomas Watson, A Divine Cordial