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Did Christ have faith?
Question from Michael on 2/12/2003:

Did the incarnate Christ have faith? St. Thomas answers that He did not. However, if Christ was truly man, then wouldn't he have had faith, a perfect faith, indeed? Furthermore, if Christ had two wills (a divine will and a human will, which St. Thomas admits), and faith is an act of the will, could we say that Christ in his humanity had faith, but in His divinity, He did not? Or am I heretically splitting Christ? Moreover, Christ, while being tempted and praying in the Agony, for examples, demonstrates what appears to be a faith. Lastly, if by the lack of one man's faith, paradise was lost for all, wouldn't heaven be gained by the perfect faith of one man? Thank you for your thoughts on this subject.

Answer by Richard Geraghty on 2/18/2003:

Dear Michael,

The Church teaches that Christ enjoyed the Beatific Vision both as God (of course) and as man. One who has faith only hopes to enjoy the Beatific Vision. That is why in heaven there is no faith. There is only sight. Now it is very mysterious that Christ could have prayed in the Garden as He did while still enjoying the Beatific Vision. Anyway, the teaching is that Christ had the Beatific Vision and, therefore, did not have faith in the ordinary sense of that world. To have faith is to accept the word of another (God) about some matter. But Christ was God.

Dr. Geraghty

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