"Faith is the assured expectation of what is hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities that are not seen."-(Hebrews 11:1) For a person's expectation to be assured, he or she needs to have sound reasons for that assurance. In fact, the original-language word for the phrase "assured expectation" means more than an inner feeling or mere wishful thinking. So faith involves conviction hat is based on evidence. How can you acquire faith? WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS. "Faith follows the thing heard," says the Bible. (Romans 10:17) So the first step toward building faith in God is to 'hear' what the Bible really teaches about him. (2 Timothy 3:16) Studying the Bible will help you to find solid answers to important questions, including: Who is God? What evidence is there of his existence? Does God really care about me? What is God's purpose for the future? Jehovah's Witnesses would be happy to help you study the Bible. As stated on our website, jw.org, "Jehovah's Witnesses love teaching people about the Bible, but we never force anyone to become a member of our religion. Rather, we respectfully present what the Bible says, recognizing that each person has the right to choose what he or she will believe." In the final analysis, your faith must be based on evidence that YOU observe as you weigh h truthfulness of what you read in the Bible. In that way, you will follow the example of first-century students who "accepted the word with the greatest eagerness of mind, carefully examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so."- Acts 17:11.