Faith

I mentioned a few weeks ago how the media loves to jump on anything that challenges Christian faith. I can’t blame them, in a way. If you could prove that something held as true for thousands of years was not, in fact, true would indeed be newsworthy. You can’t prove a negative, and you can’t prove what is only believed through faith. However, you have to admit that the media reacts to these matters in the same way my dog reacts to a squirrel.

“Writings speak of Jesus’ wife!” {Squirrel!}

“Ossuary found of Jesus brother!” {Squirrel!}

“Einstein letter criticizes Jewish faith!” {Squirrel!}

“American Express receipt from last supper found! Jesus didn’t leave tip!” {Giant, ferocious squirrel!}

{Squirrel!} Sorry, the dog was on a roll.

Those of us blessed with it walk by faith and not by light. It’s a small but very personal miracle that we are privileged to take for granted. That’s pretty special, considering that even those who actually knew Jesus weren’t guaranteed faith. Judas lost his. Peter blinked. Thomas had his doubts. Paul had to be knocked off his horse to get his.

If you are blessed with faith, take a few moments and savor it. Then give thanks for the blessing.

You’ve probably seen a variation on this before. Notice that there’s no handle on the door. It means we have to open the door to let Him in,

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One response to “Faith

  1. Beautiful piece, Steve. You wrote it at the perfect time—when Americans seem to be both divided and uncertain about leadership in America. We need and want to have faith.

    I’m going to say something that may freak your readership out. So, after I say it, I ask that you also read my proviso one sentence after. Physicians
    think of themselves as scientists, and believe there is no place for God in science and thus in medicine. However, almost all doctors are good persons and understand the power of “believing,” like in the placebo effect, for example.

    In medicine, many of my colleagues thought they knew everything and wanted to know everything. And while medicine is a science, it is limited at best—because it deals with humanity…emotions, souls, hearts, wills, and, yes, the divine. So, because many docs did not and do not believe FAITH and God have a place in medicine, they would get very depressed
    when they didn’t know something, or could not help their patients. To keep them from going BANANAS and to keep their spirits up, I would tell them “It’s okay for us NOT to know something—for it is our faith God knows everything. Just because we don’t have answer…does not
    mean God doesn’t have an answer.”

    “When we do all we can, God does all we CAN’T! When all the facts WE know are all against us, all the known facts are not all the facts, and certainly not all that God knows: He knows much more–and can and will do more!”

    Either we have simple faith, or we have NO faith. With faith, there are no questions; without faith there are no answers. To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary: To one without faith, no explanation is possible. In the final analysis, for the believer there are no questions, and for the
    non-believer there are no answers.

    We either believe in God…or we don’t. We believe in God each and every day and night–just like we believe in the sun and love: We believe in the sun even if it isn’t shining. We can believe in love even when we are alone. And we must believe in God even when He is silent!

    Can we see and prove faith? I “believe” so. In those with faith, JOY and peace is seen and felt. We witness a mind enraptured and a body tranquil, which allows and encourages easy concentration, by which we really see things as they are—and in so seeing, we realize life is a miracle and we cease attachments and grasping, and we are aware of love–and
    our want to love and accept love.

    And from this faith we see, some of us learn a great wisdom. All heaven is interested in the cross of Christ, all hell terribly afraid of it, while men are the only beings who more or less ignore its meaning.

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