Got Faith? 0313

Got Faith?

Everyone has faith in something. Atheists believe there is no god, faithfully so.

I don’t think there is such a thing as blind faith. Even a blind man has habits that give him faith. A newborn baby enters the world with a history of prenatal warmth and comfort. A rescue dog faithfully finds food, following his nose to a garbage can. A tribal man in the deepest jungle has faith learned by experience and taught by others.

So faith is part of our makeup. A rock cannot think or sense. A rock has no faith. But even an amoeba has instinct, awareness, memory, faith.

Definitions

Faith is confidence or trust in a person or thing, or a deity or in the doctrines or teachings of a religion. It may also be belief that is not based on proof.[1]

In religion, faith often involves accepting claims about the character of a deity, nature, or the universe. Proponents of faith argue that the proper domain of faith concerns questions which cannot be settled by evidence.

Evidence is and includes everything that is used to reveal and determine the truth, and therefore is presumed to be true and related to a case. Giving or procuring evidence is the process of using those things that are either (a) presumed to be true, or (b) were in fact proven to be true by earlier evidence (truths) and demonstrates the broadening of the truth of a case.

Eyewitness testimony is the account a bystander gives in the courtroom, describing what they perceived happened during the specific incident and is used as evidence to show what happened from an witness’ point of view.

And the Bible describes faith.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:1-3, 6 NKJV)

Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:1-4, 8, 17 NKJV)

Most faith is based on first hand knowledge and experience. Cattle have faith in the rancher to provide food and drink. Until they are led into the slaughter house and the cow in front of them is slaughtered, they have faith in unending existence, food, and drink.

We don’t really know how we got here. We have no way of experientially know where we are going. Like the amoeba or cow or atheist, our experience defines our existence until something changes and we learn a new normal.

Philosophers try to answer the uncertain future with rational arguments.

Traditions help us understand and cope with normal life changes.

Religion presumes special knowledge that explain our origin, destination, and behavior that improve our life experiences.

Most religions have been tested and found to be false. Many are foreign and are presumed to be false. I am amazed how many people (most) presume their religion is true, but fail to know what it claims! And when they are accurately told, they don’t care or no longer believe it is true , but practice the traditions anyway. Truth no longer matters, and like the tribal man in the jungle, they just continue doing what others do.

Stupid is as stupid does.

The Christian Bible (66 books of old and new testaments) claim perfection, truth, the ongoing presence of God who created everything. If this is true, much of it is testable. Our thought, word, and deeds are also testable. The practice of differing pockets of God’s church is testable.
The Bible says that true faith comes from knowledge of God’s Word. This Word is unchanging and true. That we are saved by God’s choice and power through this faith. That salvation is a supernatural event that creates a new creature that believes in God, believes God, and is guided and protected by God. It also states that we are born sinful and will still have a measure of sinfulness after salvation. Saved from the slavery to, power of, and (eventually when glorified) presence of sin.

Faith without knowledge, will toward obedience, and action is dead ( ie doesn’t exist).

So what?

If the Bible is true ( and I have faith that it is), UnBiblical faith doesn’t save anyone. If it did, The Bible would be untrue and God either lied or doesn’t exist. That is the ultimate test. Faith believes in God and believes God. If you don’t accept all of the claims of God provided in the Bible, you lack saving faith, and the promises of the Bible don’t apply to you.
All Catholic, Mormon, Moslem, and many protestant “believers” fail this test. If this concerns you ( and i hope it does), read the Bible and pray to the God of it for faith in it. If you are elect, you must stop listening to the unGodly and Unbiblical voices and call on God and trust only in Him!

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. (Mark 11:22 NIV)

In Jesus Name,

AZ4Christ. WordPress.com

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~ by az4christ on March 5, 2013.

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