Jesus said if you had faith the size of a mustard seed you could command mountains to move. Since mountains are not a-leaping these days we can only assume that there is not much faith around.
Or can we? He also likened the Kingdom of God to a mustard seed which starts small but grows into a huge tree in which birds nest.
But how do we react when someone asks for faith? The evangelist J. John once said that it worked like this:
'If you do before you get it what you would do if you had it then you've got it.'
You can't be given faith. You have to start the process yourself. 'Lord I believe; help my unbelief,' said the father of an epileptic lad brought to Jesus after the disciples' failure to heal.
Some people, when talking about their faith in God, are actually confused because they think they've worked the Gospel out, have answers for every question and say, 'Bingo, that's faith.' It ain't. That's science. And given the flimsy nature of the data, pretty bad science.
Some people have said, publicly recently, that the imprisonment of a local vicar here for child abuse has led to them losing their faith in God. I can undertsand them losing their faith in that vicar - we all have - but in God. Come on.
Let's get this straight. Faith is faith. Faith is believing without seeing. Faith is living your life as if this thing, which you can't know for sure is true, is true.
So to those who say, 'I wish I could have your faith'. You can't; its mine. You need your own. It's amazing how much more believable God becomes once you start believing.