Sunday, February 8, 2015

Faith? Get Real!

Faith is Trusting Something or Someone

Biblical faith is described like this:

Hebrews 11 English Standard Version (ESV)
By Faith

11 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the people of old received their commendation. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

Faith can be good or bad, it all depends upon in what you put your trust. The value and substance of faith is realized in the reality and reliability of the object of our faith.  Faith is powerful for good or evil. Faith in things that are real and good is of great value. Faith in things that are untrue and evil is destructive. 

Faith comes to us by our interaction with things as they are. A baby learns very early to trust in the mother who provides sustenance. The child develops a faith that food will soon come when it cries. So one level of faith is believing things will happen, even though we cannot yet see them, based upon previous experience.  So our beginning faith is shaped by our family and community.

But the values of one's community can be good or bad, kind or evil. When one's experiences are filled with wrong concepts and false ideas, one's faith is likely focused on things that are not true, things that are ultimately hurtful. 

Good or bad, faith is a powerful thing that guides one's actions. As a person thinks in his heart, that is how he or she is. Actions come from faith, what we believe is true.  The value of faith is not measured by sincerity, as faith in a bad thing can be just as strong and sincere as faith in the best thing. The faith of the person who has been taught and trained by his community in Islamic Jihad is powerful. It leads the faithful to strap on a bomb and blow himself up in order to kill unbelievers. He is willing to die for his faith.  

But is Islamic Jihad based upon reality and truth? There is no excuse for people today to be uninformed about Islam and its horrible history.  Just go to an Islamic website, and read what they say about themselves. Put Mohammed in google search and read his history. Read about the Armenian massacre by the Turks. Islam is about using military power to rule the world, and to force people to submit to authority on the pain of paying taxes or facing death. Islam is about death and destruction.

Faith in Islam is in opposition to faith in the Bible. The Bible teaches that Jesus is the Son of God, and that He died to save all who believe on Him. Mohammed and the Koran deny this message. Faith in Jesus rules out faith in Islam.  Jesus rose from the dead, and is worthy of our faith.  Mohammed married a lot of wives, one very young, and killed a lot of people. People tempted to believe in Islam need to check their facts. 

But the atheist also denies the message of salvation in Jesus Christ. What about the faith of the atheist?  The faith of an atheist is very militant.  They insist that their faith is the most rational of all faiths, because they claim to believe only in things that are real; things you can touch, measure, calculate, observe. In reality, they end up believing in themselves, and being very disappointed in their faith, because they let themselves down.  And they revolt against things that were given as law on Mount Sinai. They substitute their own feelings about how things are in place of principles taught in the Bible. And their faith in atheistic humanism has done more harm to more people than even Islam.

One good thing that is happening today is that these two bad faiths, Islam and Atheistic Humanism, are battling each other. As has happened so many times in history, evil fights evil, and right thinking gains the advantage. 

So be real with your faith. Believe and trust what is good and righteous. Put your faith in Jesus Christ, and be blessed.

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