Mike wrote: If so that faith is provided, .... must think the question is merely rhetorical.
I presume Mike, that you are referring to Jesus question at Luke 18:8? Jesus obviously knows faith and its true source. Why then would HE ask such an obvious question? The question forms part of the previous parable in v2-5. Jesus points to the parable and the "unjust judge" then compares the judge with God in v7. Clearly God will "avenge" His elect whilst they live on earth.
Then Jesus asks this question; "Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" What does Jesus return to earth got to do with God's protection of the elect on earth? By the time Jesus returns the elect will have been persecuted and have suffered in the world even though they have prayed fervently asking for help. But all this suffering will be over when Jesus returns, since there will be no need for it beyond Judgment day. Thus faith - not the faculty of sinners arminian style (eg sinners still on earth) - but faith the mark of the elect of God will no longer exist on earth in any mortal. Faith the gift of God creates suffering and persecution in the elect. Isa 59:14ff. Faith if human faculty does not separate the sinner out for the same trial.
John for JESUS wrote: People exhibit faith all the time about stuff. We are capable of believing and that faith comes through the Word as the Bible says.
You are using the term 'faith' here to describe human faculty to receive information, accept it and act upon the information received.
That is not 'faith' as is used and applied in the Bible.
Your only reason for suggesting that faith is an entirely human faculty is the same old ancient Pelagian conviction that man can save himself to the exclusion of God at this point. When Satan can get people to recieve this subtle con trick then they are used by him to introduce heresies into the church. The result is for example the RCC.
This Arminian hypothesis is wrong exegesis and heretical interpretation of Scripture.
Jesus asked:- Luk 18:8 ".... Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" According to John for J. the answer is "Yes. Since it is just another faculty possessed by all sinners."