1. Proceeding from or taking place in a person's mind rather than the external world: a subjective decision. b. Particular to a given person; personal: subjective experience.
2. Existing only in the mind; illusory.
3. Psychology Existing only within the experiencer's mind.
4.. Medicine Of, relating to, or designating a symptom or condition perceived by the patient and not by the examiner.
1. Of or having to do with a material object.
2. Having actual existence or reality.
3. a. Uninfluenced by emotions or personal prejudices: an objective critic. b. Based on observable phenomena; presented factually: an objective appraisal.
4. Medicine Indicating a symptom or condition perceived as a sign of disease by someone other than the person affected.
Using these two definitions as our guide, should we say that faith is subjective or objective?? Faith obviously proceeds from and takes place in a person's mind, but does it have actual existence or reality?? Is faith uninfluenced by emotions or personal prejudices or are emotions very much a part of one's personal belief?? Does faith only exist within the person doing the believing or does it have physical substance and a reality of its own beyond a person's belief??
Can faith be described as being both subjective and objective at the same time?? Can it be said to possess the characteristics of both subjectivity and objectivity?? Does it exist both in a person's mind and in the world outside their mind?? While it is immediately observable in the mind of the believer, is it also immediately observable to all those around the believer??
Hebrews 11:1 says, "Faith is the "substance" of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." However, in this verse the word "substance" actually means "assurance, confidence, or confirmation," not something that possesses actual physical properties. Likewise, the word "evidence" in this verse similarly means "certainty, surety, or conviction.," not physical evidence, as in a court of law.
This verse would therefore seem to indicate that faith is more subjective than objective. Because assurance, confidence, certainty, and conviction are things a person experiences in their mind. Yet, in the Bible, acts of faith were perceived by both the believer and those who observed the believer. The Gospels tell us that Jesus walked on water or raised Lazarus from the dead, for example, and was simultaneously observed by others around Him. There are many verses which state that others "saw" someone's faith. So, this would seem to indicate that faith is also just as much objective as it is subjective.
So, is faith both subjective and objective?? Is it more one than the other, or are its subjective and objective qualities equal to one another, since both definitions seem to be applicable??