"blind faith" seems to be indeed to believe something without previous consideration of the information which is to be believed (thus the use of the term "blind" in connection with it)
"Intellectual ascent" would be simply an intellectual agreement which however then lacks any corresponding action, due to lack of conviction ... thus it would not be a real "believing/having faith in".
"Biblical faith" would be a believing/trust/confidence/having faith in" that information which the Biblical scriptures provide and acting upon it.
"Spiritual awareness" would be an awareness provided for by information received via the spirit (rather than the 5 senses), such as divine revelation, inspiration, etc) ... but the awareness is itself NOT "faith/believing", but rather maybe the grounds on which we can base "faith/believing" => part of which you express with your "causes us to believe". It is NOT "faith/believing" that causes us "to believe/to have faith in" ... it is the information provided which can cause us - upon receiving it, evaluating it, etc. - to then believe it (or otherwise, reject it)
The Word of God should be as real as anything else we detect with the senses, and it ought to be the foundation / grounds on which we base our faith/believing.
I agree... the source of FAITH is God.
Because God is sovereign... He planned everything (Ephesians 1:11 and others)
By analogy ... example, we are born spiritually death and the dead can not bring themselves to life; the phrase "born again" suggest a function we do not control
We are born depraved, slaves of the devil ... no one seeks God. No one understands God unless the Spirit enlightens (2 Corinthians 2:14)
Faith, if it originates from man would be a work and cause to boast.
Many verses saying God elects, chooses, appoints, predestines (Romans 9:15 and many more)
Grace is unmerited mercy. If I have to do something from my own resources then it is not grace; rather, merit.
Many verses saying God blinds/hardens hearts, thus interfering with any supposed possibility of belief (Romans 11:7-8)
If the source of faith is man, why is it so unevenly distributed amongst various population groups; are not all groups of similar content? Perhaps the source of faith is determined by sex, geography, race, age as well as my own understanding (I think not)
Eternal security is jeopardized by the possibility of self generated belief; one day you believe and the next day you don't believe. Please Lord, take me home today least I stop believing tomorrow .... In the body of Christ one day and out the next, just to return next month ... Christ, the High Priest successfully interceding for me one day and not the next
I granted, there is an implicit understanding of self generated belief when the bible says you must believe to be saved, that's what the majority teach, that's what I believed for years ... but when explicit verses on the subject are studied they indicate the source of faith is God (some more poignantly than others).
1. Deuteronomy 29:2 Moses summoned all Israel and said to them, “You have seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, to all his servants, and to all his land; 3 the great trials [of Pharaoh] which your eyes have seen, the signs and those great wonders. 4 Yet to this day the Lord has not given you a heart and mind to understand, nor eyes to see, nor ears to hear. [God’s will][Hardening][faith]
Jeremiah 24:7 I will give them a heart to know Me, [understanding fully] that I am the Lord; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart. [God’s will][faith]
Ezekiel 36:26–27 A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances. [God controlling our love of him] [God’s will][depravity][example] [faith]
Matthew 16:15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed), the Son of the living God.” 17 Then Jesus answered him, “Blessed [happy, spiritually secure, favored by God] are you, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood (mortal man) did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. [Peter’s belief (faith) as to the identity of Christ comes from God] [faith]
Luke 17:5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” [They asks that their faith be increased from an external source, God]
John 6:29 Jesus answered, “This is the work of God: that you believe [adhere to, trust in, rely on, and have faith] in the One whom He has sent.” [works] [faith] Clearly this verse defines faith as a work. Thus faith must originate from God since God’s grace does not include man works (Galatians 5:2).
John 15:5 I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. [It seems unbelievable to think and unbeliever can, of his own free will, have faith when believers can do nothing without Christ] [faith]
Acts 3:16 and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health and complete wholeness in your presence. [faith]
Acts 16:8 And God, who knows and understands the heart, testified to them, giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us; 9 and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith [in Jesus]. [faith]
Act 18:27 When he arrived, he was a great help to those who, through grace [unmerited], had believed and had followed Jesus as Lord and Savior, [faith] [God’s will]
Roman 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith [your trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness] is being proclaimed in all the world. Paul implies that faith had been received from God and thanks God for it. Faith is God’s gift; for thanksgiving is an acknowledgment of a benefit. Paul who gives thanks to God for faith, confesses that it comes from him. [faith]
Romans 8:8 t**hose who are in the flesh cannot please God** [this implies that “faith” must come from God; otherwise, we would have a contradiction for “faith” pleases God and therefore cannot come from the unregenerate man] [Depravity]
Romans 8:5 For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the [Holy] Spirit. … 7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. – faith is pleasing to God and part of God’s law, thus since of the flesh cannot please God, they cannot generate faith of themselves 8 So then those who are living the life of the flesh [catering to the appetites and impulses of their carnal nature] cannot please or satisfy God, or be acceptable to Him. [Depravity][Faith] [Repentance]
Roman 10:3b as God has distributed to each of you a measure of faith. [God is source of faith] [faith]
Romans 12:3b as God has apportioned to each a degree of faith [and a purpose designed for service]. [faith]
1 Corinthians 2:4 And my language and my message were not set forth in persuasive (enticing and plausible) words of wisdom, but they were in demonstration of the [Holy] Spirit and power [a proof by the Spirit and power of God, operating on me and stirring in the minds of my hearers the most holy emotions and thus persuading them], 5 So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men (human philosophy), but in the power of God. [faith]
1 Corinthians 4:7 "Who maketh thee to differ from another? And what hast thou that thou didst not receive? Now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?". God had given them everything they had; everything includes faith for those chosen [faith][boast]
1 Corinthians 12:3b And no one can [really] say, Jesus is [my] Lord, except by and under the power and influence of the Holy Spirit. [The confession of the Lordship of Christ in saving faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit. Tom Constable: no one would sincerely acknowledge that Jesus is Lord, Savior and or Sovereign, unless the Holy Spirit had some influence over him or her [faith]
1 Corinthians 12:9 to another [wonder-working] faith [is given] by the same [Holy] Spirit, [If the unregenerate, spiritually dead, slave-to-sin natural man outside of Christ is capable of saving faith, why would a regenerate, born again, freed-from-sin spiritual man in Christ need a gift of faith?] [AMP faith]
Ephesians 1:3 Blessed and worthy of praise be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ, whereof surely faith is not the least. [Faith]
Ephesians 1:15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers; [**thanking God for our faith**] [faith]
Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened [made alive those whom were spiritually dead … no one can resurrect himself physically of spiritually], who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 In which at one time you walked [habitually]. You were following the course and fashion of this world [were under the sway of the tendency of this present age], following the prince of the power of the air. [You were obedient to and under the control of] the [demon] spirit that still constantly works in the sons of disobedience [the careless, the rebellious, and the unbelieving, who go against the purposes of God]. …4 But God, being [so very] rich in mercy, because of His great and wonderful love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were [spiritually] dead and separated from Him because of our sins, He made us [spiritually] alive [regeneration] together with Christ (for by His grace—His undeserved favor and mercy—you have been saved from God’s judgment). [analogy] [regeneration] .... the death CANNOT revive themselves, maybe if the verse said we were spiritually injured then, maybe, we might be able to repair ourselves by self generated faith.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this [referring to salvation through faith] is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works (not founded upon anything in the believer himself), so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. If synergism is embraced, then there is the very real but subtle danger that men could boast that they made use of God's grace or had more wisdom than the man who rejected Christ. They could boast that they are different for, unlike others, they responded to Christ. The autonomous natural man would, then,ultimately determine His own salvation, not God. Furthermore, a gift is a work. A work is a purposes achieved by physical or mental exertion. To believe is a difficult task; the Bible says it is foolishness to the unsaved and no one seeks God. [Boast] [faith]
Ephesians 2:23 Peace be to the brothers and sisters, and love joined with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. [faith]Galatians 5:5 For we [not relying on the Law but] through the [strength and power of the Holy] Spirit, by faith, are waiting [confidently] for the hope of righteousness [the completion of our salvation]. [source of our faith is the Spirit] [faith]Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Faith is indeed the fruit of the Spirit, and therefore the gift of the Spirit must precede the exercise of Faith. While the translation speak of “faithfulness”, the Greek word is simply “faith.” [Faith]
30, Ephesians 1:3 Blessed and worthy of praise be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ, [Faith is a spiritual blessing]
Ephesians 6:23 Peace be to the brothers and sisters, and love joined with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. [faith]
Philippians 1:29 For you have been granted [from the Greek term charizomai, “to give as a gift] [the privilege] for Christ’s sake not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer in His behalf. [faith]
Colossians 1:3 We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, as we pray always for you, 4 for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus [If faith is something within the capacity of every unregenerate hater of God, why should we thank God when one person exercises it? Two elements are mentioned here—the work of the Spirit in sanctification, and faith in the truth. Obviously, sanctification by the Spirit is a supernatural work of God; so too, then, is faith in the truth.] [thanking God for faith ... if faith is self generated, then we should thank ourselves]
2 Thessalonians 1:3a We ought always and indeed are morally obligated [as those in debt] to give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters, as is fitting, because your faith is growing ever greater, [If faith is something within the capacity of every unregenerate hater of God, why should we thank God when one person exercises it?]
[iffaith is self generated, then we should thank ourselves]
2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you [speaking of individuals and not the Church as a whole] from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit [new birth] and faith in the truth. The order of thought here is most important and instructive. First, God's eternal choice; second, the sanctification of the Spirit; third, belief of the truth. The same order is seen in 1 Peter 1:2 where obedience is obedience of faith [elect] [faith]
1 Timothy 1:13 though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14 and the grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. [faith] [example]
Titus 1:1b for the faith of God’s chosen ones [election is not the consequence of faith, but faith is the consequence of election [elect] [faith]
Hebrews 11:6 Without faith it is impossible to please God [this implies that “faith” must come from God; otherwise, we would have a contradiction for “faith” pleases God and therefore cannot come from the unregenerate man] [faith]
Hebrews 12:2 a Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. [AMP] [faith]
2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle (special messenger, personally chosen representative) of Jesus Christ, To those who have received and possess [by God’s will] a precious faith of the same kind as ours, [Tom Constable: The faith of all believers is a gift from God.] [God’s will] [faith]
1 John 5:1 "Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born [regenerated] of God" ...The verb tense make's John's intention unmistakable: Everyone who goes on believing [present, continuous action] that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God [perfect, completed action with abiding effects]. " Faith is the evidence of new birth, not the cause of it." “has been born” is a passive verb; they are caused to be born by another, that being God. Some Arminian exegetes might object to this interpretation. A means of testing the consistency of the exegesis offered of this passage would be to ask how such a person interprets these words: 1 John 2:29 If you know that he is righteous, you also know that everyone who practices righteousness has been fathered by him. Every consistent Protestant would say, “the reason one practices righteousness is because they have already been born of Him. [faith][order of salvation]
James 1:18 It was of His own will that He gave us birth [as His children] by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits of His creatures [a prime example of what He created to be set apart to Himself—sanctified, made holy for His divine purposes]. [God’s will] [regeneration]
1 John 5:20 And we [have seen and] know [by personal experience] that the Son of God has [actually] come [to this world], and has given us understanding and insight [faith] so that we may [progressively and personally] know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true—in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. [faith] [God’s will]
What do you mean with "spiritually dead"? Can a "spiritually dead" person hear, think, believe, decide? To what does "born again" refer?
As for the rest of your post and the passages you quote, observing the CONTEXT is lacking severely.
Yes, many scripture passages do say this ... but no passage says that "faith" is a gift from God, something God gives to some but not others, etc ... CONTEXT and overall scope of the Scriptures are the keys to a correct understanding.
But man has nothing to do with the accomplished work of Christ which provides for redemption and salvation to those who believe in him.
All people have the ability to believe ... this ability has been given to them by God in the way God has made man. ...