My apologies for the delay in responding. I am presently tied up quite a bit.<quoted text>
SO I must ask... Why do you have faith?
Your question is a valid question and one which every Christian should ask him/herself.
One can quote the Bible to substantiate a position, but this may not be altogether honest as it does not address your very direct question. The question is very personal and one cannot answer it by appealing to authority or doctrine. It will of course also be necessary to assess whether what one claims as truth agrees with the Bible, as if it does not, your faith is not a true Christian faith with one of two alternatives either the Christian faith is a hoax or you fool yourself into believing that you have true faith.
In my experience, I grew up in a typical Christian home, with the Bible being taught from a young age, and going through the normal processes but without ever becoming a true Christian. It was plain religion going to church on Sundays etc. But I remember that I always thought that this cannot be all there is to Christianity, as it was nothing special, going through the motions.
It was only at a very late stage in my life that I came to a point that I truly repented, asking God forgiveness for every sin that I could remember and this having an immediate and dramatic impact. It was not premeditated but being suddenly overcome by a need to repent and placing my trust in Christ.
So how did this come about (having faith in God and his Word?) Firstly knowledge of what is sin, accepting that I sin and need forgiveness, accepting the truth of Gods Word, and turn away from sin.
How did I receive faith? All I can say is that I did not have anything to do with it. It was pure grace. Thus, I am totally convinced that the Armenian position (free will) is not correct, as I was drawn to Christ, and not a decision I made in advance.
So a direct answer to your question Why do you have faith is that I received it without merit. Only by grace.
To suggest that my way is the only way, will be stupid as God in his wisdom may deal differently with every person, and make use of different circumstances to bring each of his chosen ones to Him.
If you want pure doctrine on these and other issues, it will be best in my opinion to look at the puritans, and the messages during the Welsh and other Rivavals. It is nowadays a terrible situation where it will be most difficult to establish the truth unless revealed by the Holy Spirit.
I trust this answers your question.