Dabar [theme]

He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, April 17, 2011

By Faith We Understand

Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony."

We must understand that the 'substance' is our subsistence, "... that which becomes a foundation for another thing to stand on."

In the context of the verse many 'hope' for blessings and answers which do not exist. As the questions become tougher to answer the answers become tailored to placate the fears and apprehensions of the subjects, in order to maintain a form of 'political correctness'. After all why should any suffer eternal torment for their life in this world. We have acquiesced from proclaiming " ... the certainty of a thing by sure arguments and indubitable reasons." It is our error to persuade people of another path to God than that which in actuality exists. However politically correct we wish to seem, 'the wager' that a more tolerant view of God will achieve the same results as one which involves a strict observance and obedience to the Biblical narrative of salvation by none other than Jesus Christ God's Son is the more tragic than the actual condemnation of the sinner. A false hope is the most dastardly of hopes. The questions and answers of Christianity are not hurdles or walls to faith, they are innate in confirming the authority and sovereignty of God.

Our role as Christians is to proclaim '... that which cannot be otherwise, but is so as we assert."

Acts 4:12, "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. ... for He (Jesus) will save His people from their sins."
This is the Divine appointment. Yes, this is very, very exclusive, not at all politically correct or tolerant. However, these are not my words, they are God's words. Acts 11:12, "Then the Spirit told me to go with them, doubting nothing." Remember the verse "The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit." As a Christian I do not decide the eternal destiny, fate or choice of any individual in this world. May I add nor do you. I do not even understand the selection process, except to say that belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour is mandatory, without exception.

I make a strong distinction between questioning and doubting. Questioning seeks to find answers, it is in our nature to investigate, dissect, examine and discover, this is not inherently wrong, however, doubting is knowing and understanding certainties and truths and choosing to ignore, disbelieve or fabricate answers to quell the anxiety created by accepting that truth.

Some anxieties and fears can only be answered by faith, and that faith being founded upon a belief that 'God is love' and that "Love Wins'.

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