Faith is a tree. Love is the fruit upon that tree. Hope is the seed within that fruit. None of these can exist without the others.
There is no faith without love, no love without purpose. Virtue is a package deal.
Aristotle knew this, as did the apostle James.
To believe that 'faith alone' (which, I say, can not exist) is enough is to fall into an Albigensian view that action does not matter, that a true believer is free to do whatever she or he wishes. It is to dismiss morality.
The moral man acts upon his faith: the tree is known by its fruit.
Yet without purpose, without the hope of meaning, the fruit is no more than an empty taste, a pleasant, fleeting moment on the way to despair. For the fruit must have its seed and from the seed of hope grows the tree of faith.
Stephen Brooke ©2010