(Romans 4:20-25) Paul, again, uses Abraham as a symbol of what “faith” is all about. We might call it, “trust,” that is, Abraham trusted that God would keep his promises in spite of the fact that it looked impossible. He was supposed to have descendents as “numerous as the stars in heaven and sands on the seashore.” Yet, he was old and his wife barren. Reason told him that this could not be. Yet, Abraham believed God.
Society tells us we shouldn’t believe: how could Jesus of Nazareth really be the Son of God, how could He rise from the dead, etc. All things in our Creed are looked at as being beyond reason, only someone who wasn’t “with it” could believe this. In this environment, Abraham is a good role model for us.