Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Why Faith? - January 12, 2010

Hebrews 11:1-3(New International Version)1Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. 2This is what the ancients were commended for. 3By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

Hebrews 11:1-3 (The Message)1-2The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's our handle on what we can't see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. 3By faith, we see the world called into existence by God's word, what we see created by what we don't see.

Faith; it is the fundamental bedrock that someone needs to believe in God, in Jesus, in the Holy Spirit and in all that we know if we are to be Christians. It takes faith to believe that all that is around us was created by God. It takes faith to believe that God stepped into our world and became a man, to sacrifice Himself on the cross for our immorality, disobedience, and wickedness, also known as sin. It takes faith to believe that God actually comes to live within us in the form of the Holy Spirit, to give us guidance, knowledge and comfort to live this earthly life. It takes faith to believe that God wrote the whole story down in the Bible, through the inspiration of ordinary men, and that the words come alive, and can speak to us today.

The dictionary defines faith as, "confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing","firm belief in something for which there is no proof or material evidence". People place their "faith" in many things, but can you concretely say that you have faith in God and His plan for salvation? I am of the opinion that it is easier to place my faith in Him, than it is to believe that everything is here by chance. Nothing times nothing still gives nothing, if I remember my math correctly. No one can convince me that the complexity of everything around me came about by chance. We are also asked, and in fact now teach our children in public school, that a theory is a fact, but to me it takes more faith to believe that we are descendants of apes, than it does that God wonderously created it all. It's a wonder why the scientists have to keep adding billions of years to the age of things, trying to find "the missing link"!

The passage above is the introduction of a great faith chapter in the Bible, Hebrews 11. The writer gives us an overview of the Old Testament's people of faith, and gives us reason for the faith and hope that is within us as believers. He help us as readers understand that we do not have an empty faith, but one that has been built over the millenia.

To me my faith in God increases everytime I see a newborn baby, just as it was when I held my own child in my arms for the first time. My faith is increased everytime I see the wonders of creation in the coloration and migration of birds, and the complex wonder of the flagellum of a one-celled organism. My faith is increased everytime I stand in awe of the beauty of forests and mountains, and everytime I see the sun set over the ocean. To me my faith is increased everytime I see a person that was lost and forsaken by the world, turn around and change their life to one of value and tremendous joy, because of the faith they placed in the one who gave me hope, Jesus. If you are having questions about what you believe and your faith, place your trust in God and in His Son, and ask Him to confirm the faith that is within you.

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