posted on Aug, 6 2004 @ 02:45 PM
I think a person knows he is saved if he believes Jesus died for his sins and is his Savior, and that he has faith in God. The confirmation of one's
salvation is his belief in this, and his faith in it.
Thomas Merton, in New Seeds of Contemplation, wrote about faith:
First of all, faith is not an emotion, not a feeling. It is not a blind subconscious urge toward something vaguely supernatural. It is not
simply an elemental need in man’s spirit. It is not a feeling that God exists. It is not a conviction that one is somehow saved or “justified” for no
special reason except that one happens to feel that way. It is not something entirely interior and subjective, with no reference to any external
motive. It is not just “soul force.”
But also it is not an opinion. It is not a conviction based on rational analysis. It is not the fruit of scientific evidence. You can only believe
what you do not know. As soon as you know it, you no longer believe it, at least not in the same way as you know it.
Faith is...an intellectual assent. It perfects the mind, it does not destroy it. It puts the intellect in possession of Truth which reason cannot
grasp by itself. It gives us certitude concerning God as He is in Himself...
Faith is not expected to give complete satisfaction to the intellect. It leaves the intellect suspended in obscurity, without a light proper to its
own mode of knowing. Yet it does not frustrate the intellect, or deny it, or destroy it. It pacifies it with a conviction which it knows it can accept
quite rationally under the guidance of love. For the act of faith is an act in which the intellect is content to know God by loving Him and accepting
His statements about Himself on His own terms. …
Faith is... the substance of things to be hoped for. By faith one not only attains to truth in a way that intelligence and reason alone cannot do,
but one assents to God Himself. One receives God. One says “yes” not merely to a statement about God, but to the Invisible, Infinite God Himself. One
fully accepts the statement not only for its own content, but for the sake of Him Who made it.