Is Faith A Reasonable Thing? (Faith part 3)

Hello everyone, this weekend was a rather rainy one here in SC. Actually this entire week has been rather rainy. But I love rainy days, so that was good with me. The rain makes the day calme, peaceful and relaxing. But enough about me and the weather lets get in to faith!

Over the years the Bible has been accused, by many people (mainly in the athiast community), of leading people into blind faith. I’m going to be blunt and straightforward, this accusation is not true. Now, I know that many people feel very differently about this than me. Some, because of personal exsperiances and others from historical study on christanity. Now I do admit that over the years Christian leaders have exsplioted peoples faith inorder to manipulat them. However I would ask that you give me a moment to denounce, what manipulative people have done in the past, by presenting what the scriptures of Christianity teach about real Christian Faith.

(Just Incase you don’t know, blind faith, is when you believe something, for which, there is no evidence or reason, supporting its truthfulness.)

Ok I want to quickly draw a distinction. Blind faith is only one kind of faith! often people who want to discretet religion, have used the word “faith”, while referring to “blind faith”. Giving the impression that “faith” is a bad thing. Like I said above, blind faith is only one aspect of faith. There are many good kinds of “faith”, that all of us want in our lives. In fact, we use those kinds all the time, we couldn’t function as a society without them. Forinstance, do you ever really understand what your doctor is telling you? Or, if the treatment he prescribes is realy the best option? I bet you do what I do, just trust what he says. When you order a coffee, do you watch the barista, to make sure they are giving you what you ordered? Or do you just say “thanks” and have faith that what they are handing you, is what they say it is? As you can see, we exercis a positive kind of faith every day. We trust the people, who we get our food from, who drive us around and who give us our jobs. I call this kind of faith, reasonable faith.

So what’s the difrence between having blind faith and reasonable faith. Well, we can think about it like this. Lets say you needed to go to the doctor. So, you do a search on the internet and find that there are two in your area (its a small town). One of them works in a well know doctors office with great reviews, the other works in his moms basement and doesn’t have any credentials. Let me ask you, which one would you say is the reasonable one to trust/ have faith in?

If you went to the person who is playing doctor in the basement, you would be trusting him blindly. Because there are no reasons to believe his claim, of being a doctor. On the other hand trusting the one who works in a doctors office, is very reasonable, and a good exercise of faith.

In every signal religious book in the world, that claims to have come from a god. At some point askes you to take some of what it is telling you, on blind faith. Exsept for Christianity! I don’t have time right now to go into the Bibles credentials, this is something I hope to do in the future. Today, in order to back my claim. I want to look at what the Bible teaches, as it relates to Faith. You see the Bible never teaches its followers to have blind faith. In fact in the Bible, God often builds trust with a person before asking them to become his follower. Take a look at some of these examples, where Biblical faith is taught. Hebrews 11:11

And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.

The context of the story is that God told Abraham, that Sarah, was going to have a child in her old age. Sarah overheard the promis and laughed, because she we very old. However you can see in the book of hebrews, that she considered God faithful, (probably based on the fact that God had done the impossible for them before). So she decided to trust him and received a son. She placed her faith in God, after considering whether or not he could deliver. All the other storys of the great men and women of faith, from Moses to Habakkuk have a similar pattern. The people don’t realy know how God will come through, but they know he will. (If you struggle trusting God, its ok, faith is something you build. Its not something you are just supposed to have. Take some time to pray about, as your relationship with God grows so will your faith.)

In the New Testament, I think the biggest example of how faith is taught, is in the recorded testimony of the resurrection. As you examine the presented testimony, what you find is that there is an impossible claim (Jesus came back from the dead). Now at this point you would expect to hear them say it was something like “a spiritual resurrection” or some cleverly worded statement, which would indicate that you didn’t need to go look at the evadence. However what you find is the apostles saying, “if you don’t believe us, go check it out for yourself”. Here is the end of Paul’s defence for his claim, that Jesus came back to life, as presented to Festus (read Acts 26:1-32 for fool defence)

Acts 26:25-26

“I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable. The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner.

Paul’s claim about the resurrection was so unearthly that the king said he was crazy. Its intresting to note that Paul’s rebuttal to that accusation, was not theological or philosophical. He simply pointed out that everything he had claimed, happend in fool view of Festus and all who had examined it, came to the conclusion that it was true, or that there was no reason to accuse them of deception.

So the Bible does not teach people to have blind faith. I know that many Christians operate on a more or less blind status, many have never though about what they believe, Or just believe what they are told by people who don’t know what they’re talking about. But I would encourage you to place that to the side and let the Bible speak for itself.

That’s all I wanted to say in this post, this next part is an observation that I hope you find encouraging. Its important to note that I didn’t come up with this.

In John 14:6 Jesus says.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Truth is not relative, its like a big rock. As the world changes around it, it stays the same. That’s why we build houses on rock. From my exsperiances with truth, I have found that you very rarely expect it. In our world what is truth is often stranger than fiction. Like C.S. Lewis said in Mere Christianity.

Reality, in fact, is usually something you could not have guessed. That is one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It is a religion you could not have guessed. If it offered us just the kind of universe we had always expected, I should feel we were making it up. But, in fact, it is not the sort of thing anyone would have made up. It has just that queer twist about it that real things have.

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Faith and Spaghetti! (Faith part 2)

Don’t you hate it when people tell you that they will do something, then don’t do it. Its the worst right! As much as that annoys me, what realy gets my goat, is when someone says that they will do something, with no intention of ever making an effort to do it. I’m sure you have had someone tell you something like, “you will be in my prayers”. That’s only a nice thing to tell someone, if you intend to do it. When actions don’t mach words, the genuineness of the word should be questioned.

In the last post we talked about how one of the requierments for having faith, is trust. If you say you have faith in something or someone, you are also saying you trust them. In this next part we will be looking at another aspect of faith and that is works.

Now when it come to faith and works generally, the thought is that they are two different things. In the minds of a lot of Christians, Faith is one thing and works are another. Now the division of faith and works, has created a debate about salvation, one groulp says that you are saved by faith alone and the other one says that you also need works, to go along side your faith.

In protestant Christianity, they generally hold very strongly to the position, that we are not saved by works, but by faith. One of the places they get this from is Ephesians 2:8.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

Now the other side, while not denying that salvation is by faith, places an enfisise on the works. Saying that faith alone is not good enough. These people get there point of view from James 2:14-17.

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

So which is it??? Are we saved through Faith alone! Or do we need works to??? Well the answer to this question, is not as complicated as people make it sound. Before we get into the thick of it, lets take a moment and look at a very inportant contextual ground rule.

Jesus makes a statement that “scripture can’t be broken” (what this means is that scripture makes a unbroken, logical, and harmonious, thought. So if it seems to contradict itself, we should assume that we are missing the point ).

So if both the wrightings of James and Paul are scripture, then they cannot contradict eachother. So what’s actually going on?

Well I believe the key to this topic rests in what the word faith means. You see the word faith, is like the word spaghetti. What I mean is this, both faith and spaghetti are things that are created by combining other things. lets say someone tells you that they are going to make spaghetti. But when they serve it to you, you immediately see that there are no noodles. Question, Do you have spaghetti? No! If you want spaghetti you need all of the ingredients. If you don’t have all of them, you don’t have spaghetti. Faith is the same, the ingredients to creat faith are, belief, trust, and action (works). If you say you have faith in God, you by default, believe in him. To have faith in him also means, that you trust him and if you trust him, your actions (works) will be guided by that trust.

When you read these passages, with a correct understanding of faith, both verses start to make sense together. First off Ephesians 2:8 does not say that we are saved by faith! It says that we are saved by grace. Throught faith!

Salvation comes from Jesus’s death on the cross, where he took the penalty of our sin. However we can only enter back in to the kingdom if we are willing have faith (trusting action) in him. My penalty was paid by grace, but I can only get back into the kingdom through trusting obedience in the king.

Often people equivalat faith, to simply understanding somthing or believing, that it is true. James points out that, this is simply not faith! The reason that this is the case is because to have faith, is to trust and unless you are a very confused person, your actions are dictated by what you trust in the most. Here is an example of what I mean. Lets say that some person asks their friend to pick them up at at twelve. Well lets say the friend arrives at twelve, but the person is nowhere to be found. You find out latter that the person got another ride because they didn’t think their friend would show. Would you say that the person had faith or trusted in the friend? No! Because their action indicate that they didn’t. This is what James is saying. He is not saying that faith is one thing and that works are another, he is saying that your actions are apart of your faith. Without actions (works) faith is dead (it doesn’t exist).

So James and Paul are not at odds. They are addressing different problems. One showed that you can’t earn your way back in to the kingdom of God. But If you want back in, you have stop placing faith (trusting action) in your self, and place your faith (trusting action) in the king (Jesus). The other one echos this as he fights agenst the lie, that you can say you trust the king, without practicing what he tells you to do.

Let me give you one more illustration before we end, that helped me understand faith. A long time ago there was a tightrope walker. Who was walking across a tightrope, that stretches over Niagara Falls. As the crowed watched him braved the danger, he crossed over. There and back, with a wheelbarrow. As he stepped back onto the ground he asked. “Who believes I can do this with a person in the wheelbarrow!” The people in the crowed all said “I do”, as they raised their hands. The the tightrope master said “perfect! Then who wants to ride in it as I go back across!”

Faith is a vital part of you relationship with God. But if you want to grow in faith, you have to build trust with God. Now, like everyone who has ever done that before knows, trust is not always the easiest thing to build. After all you can’t just read about it, trust requires being vulnerable. So in your relationship with God be open and be willing to answer him, when he asks you to step inside the wheelbarrow!

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The Biblical concept of FAITH ?!? (Faith Part 1)

These next few posts I will be talking about Faith. What it is, what its not and some of the misconceptions that surround it. I will also be talking about how faith is an important part of spiritual growth.

Before we dive into, how faith connects to spiritual growth. I want to take a moment and talk about faith its self.

Faith, in the English language, is a bit of an umbrella word. We use the same word to describe several different concepts. Forinstance, when someone says “faith” they could be talking about the kind of “faith”, that is founded in facts and reason, what I like to call, reasonable faith. On the other hand, they could be referring to the more commonly used concept, which is blind faith. (This is when a person rests there faith on reasons that are emotional by nature). Sometimes people relate the word faith, to some kind of “spiritual currency”. This is the kind of thought which allows people to say, “well God didn’t answer your prayer, because you don’t have enough faith”. Because there are so many different concepts floating around, I think it is very important to define, what the Bible means when it uses the word faith.

In the biblical concept, the word faith and the word trust are almost synonymous. They are not exactly the same thing, however just like you can’t have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, with out bread. You can’t have faith without trust. To say you have faith in something, indicates that you also trust it.

I think a good way to see how faith requires trust, is to look at what happens when the trust aspect is removed from faith. If there is no trust in your faith, you end up treating it like spiritual currency. The thought is that if you have enough faith God helps you and if you don’t, he doesn’t.

This idea that faith is spiritual currency is often propagated by “faith healers” and prosperity preachers. The idea itself comes (mainly) from a verse in mark 11:23,

Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

I don’t know about you, but if I read this verse by itself, I can see how someone could come to the conclusion, that Jesus was saying that faith is almost like a spiritual currency. This is one of the many reasons why looking at the context is so important! So lets do that!

In this part of the story Jesus is walking with the twelve.

Mark 11:20-24

In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!” “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

An important thing to note, when looking at this verse, is that Jesus preferences what he is saying, at the beginning. He says, “have faith in God”. Take a moment and think about that statement and how it effects everything he says next.

There are actually three very important things that Jesus indicates. The first thing is that, God has the power. If we where the ones with the power, then he would have said. Have faith in yourself. Second, since we do not have the power, we can only make an impossible command, like “mountain move”, If God has agreed to back us. Thirdly, if he tells you he will back you, and you don’t believe him. The mountain doesn’t move. So faith is not spiritual money that you can hold over the head of God. It is trusting him and fallowing his instruction.

One of my favorite story’s that illustrates this, is the story where Jesus was asleep in the boat during a storm. Before they left the shore, Jesus told the twelve that they where going to the other side of the lake. (It was so big it was called a sea). Jesus fell asleep in the boat and a storm began. The storm was so bad that the twelve thought that they where going to die. So they woke up Jesus, he told the sea to be quiet and it did. He then turned to the twelve and said “you of little faith why did you doubt”. Why did he say this? It was because Jesus had told them that they, where “going to the other side”. However when the situation changed they stoped trusting his words and woke him up to fix the problem. At that time they did not trust Jesus words, when what he said seemed impossible. We find that latter in the book, the twelve are in the same situation, however, this time the Bible indicates that they where rowing. This is specified, because the twelve had learned to trust the words of Jesus. To the point, that even when they where in a treble storm, they knew that they would make it, because Jesus had said they would. No longer, men of little faith!

If you say you have faith in God you are saying that you trust him. Trust is something that is built over time, through exsperiances with a person. Having exsperiances with someone requiers getting to know them. As you pursue this relationship with God. God will place you in situations where you will be forced to find out whether or not he is trustworthy, like he did with the twelve. There is a lot more to talk about. But the first thing that I want to establish, is that if you say you have faith in God, you are saying that you trust God and you are also saying that you know him well enough, for him to have told you things, that require you to trust him.

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What is, The Fear Of Lord ?!?

Happy holidays!

I hope you all had a great Christmas! Mine was very restful, so I’m ready to get back to it!

I said that I was going to start talking about spiritual development and there is a LOT to talk about. So let get started at the most cliché place possible and that is of course, the beginning.

Geniuses 1:1

In the beginning God created the heavensand the earth.

Ok, So we will be talking about, the fear of the Lord, but instead of jumping straight into it. I would like to take some time and look at a bigger picture. As well as take you on some of the jurny that I took.

As we go through this study, I’m going to stress a particular Bible study rule. The rule is this, “always, always, always, ask questions about everything”! As you read the Bible, the questions, Who, what, when, where, how, and why, should become second nature, for you to ask.

So now that we have established this rule, we need to ask the first question and it will be for the verse above. How did God create this world?

Well, we learn latter in Geniuses that God spoke the world into existence, however, if you do a little more digging you will find, that Proverbs also shines some light onto this. It says in Proverbs 3:19-20 that,

The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens; by his knowledge the deeps broke open, and the clouds drop down the dew

We can see from these verses, that the Biblical narrative indicates that there was more to our creation than just God commanding things to appear. Just like a builder knows how to construct a building, God has the wisdom and knowledge, to build worlds from nothing. I don’t know about you, but I can’t even begin to imagine how something like that works.

After I read that verse, a question started wandering around in my mind. The question was, how can I get this wisdom? Well, sadly the answer to that question was, I can’t. Don’t worry I will not be making any worlds anytime soon. However, while pursuing the answer to this… I guess, rather obvious question. I did learn that God does actually want to give us some of his knowledge and wisdom. Proverbs 2:6-7 talks about this.

Ok, take a moment and think about that. The person who knows how to speack stars into existence, has things that he wants to teach us. This is one of those thoughts in the Bible, that is so hard to grasp, that we end up taking it for granted, or just brushing past it. (This is one of the reasons why I think it is so important to ask questions, to the text. If you don’t ask questions you can end up missing so many incredible things.)

There are lots of questions that you should be asking these verses. Like why would he do that? or when can I get it? But for this post, I want to explore one particular question and that is, How do we receive this wisdom that God has prepared for us?

Well the answer to this question can actually be found at the start of proverbs. Proverbs 1:7 says that,

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

If you want to learn the wisdom of God you need to first learn, The fear of the Lord! (See, told you I’d get here)

Question, what is the fear of the Lord? I think that the best verse to describe what the fear of the Lord is, is Exodus 20:20. The context of the verse is that Israel is about to enter into a covanent (its like a more serious sort of contract) with God and so God has come down on to a mountain. Where he began speaking to them. His voice terrified them to the point, that they where asking Moses, to tell him to stop speaking. Moses said this back to them.

Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.”

That’s an odd verse right? Moses first tells them that they don’t need to fear, but then says that they should fear? Well, as odd as this verse sounds, it does a great job of exsplaining what it means to, fear the lord.
To fear the Lord, is to know God for who he actually is, and treat him accorrdingly.

Moses said that God, was teach Israel the fear of the Lord, by presenting himself to them. When they saw who they were dealing with, it terrified them. However, This interaction provided them with a proper perspective of God. Which would help them keep the covenant. The point was not to threaten, after all Moses said they had nothing to fear. The point was to give Israel a physical reference, to know how they should act towards God, as they enterd into this covenant. After all, its very hard to know how to treat someone, who you have never met.

Lots of people say that, to fear the lord means that you should just greatly respect God. While I agree, that this is part of it. In the Bible, God always teaches, the fear of the lord, by showing himself to the one he is teaching. From that exsperiances they gain more than just respect. They also gain love, humility, wonder, clarity, and understanding of God, allowing them to grow in whatever way is needed.

It realy makes sense why this is the first step in learning Gods wisdom, One of the biggest hindrances for learning, is thinking you know everything. Getting to know God for who he is, can fix this problem, even if you don’t know you have it. Here is an example. In the book of Job, Job got to the point where he thought that he could prove that God had been unjust to him. Check out Gods answer.

Job 38:1-5

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?

In this answer God was not oppressing Job but instructing him. By remembering the wisdom, love, justice, and mercy of the one he was dealing with. Job was able to overcome his self righteous outrage and pride. Allowing him to grow.

There are many great things in the Bible. But most of the time learning them requires trusting God and being humble enough to let him lead, or chang you. Learning to fear the Lord will give you the perspective you needed to make these changes.

Ok, last question, how do we get to know God for who he is?

Agin Proverbs can help us with this, lets check it out.

Proverbs 2:1-5 My son, if you accept my words

and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding— indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.

God has described himself in his word. If you want to get to know God for who he is, go see how he describes himself. Call out to him and practice the things you find.

I want to be very clear. Growing spiritually requires lots of work. Its like “looking for silver or gold”, its a ruthless pursuit to a more or less unknown place. But when you find it, it will chang your life!

I would like to rap up with an explanation. The reason I started this post by talking about, how incredible it is that the builder of the world offers us his wisdom. Is because if you don’t realise how important this is, when the rubber hits the rode, you won’t go anywhere. Don’t take who God is or what he offers for granted. Consider who it is you are dealing with and how to act accordingly! Learn to fear the Lord.

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Spiritual Growth update!

So I’m going to start doing posts on spiritual growth. I don’t know how long I will be doing these posts, but we shall see. My goal with this, is to provide you with practical ways to grow, in your walk with Christ.

I don’t know about you, but if you are like me then you have probably found different things in your spiritual walk, like reading you Bible, praying, theology, relying on God, and going to church, to be difficult to do, or just vary confusing. I’m going to be sharing tips and tricks, for having a strong prayer life, staying in your bible, as well as explanation of hard concepts.

I’m excited to start these posts, please leave me a comment if you want me to talk about something. Anything is fine to talk about (literally anything). So please give me ideas!

Thanks for reading and I will start the conversation next post!

Having conversations with those who disagree.

So I was talking to a Christian I know, who had just finished blasting out, someone who didn’t agree with them, about something in the Bible. What the disagreement was over? I don’t know, by the time I got there they both had stoped making sense and had resorted insolts and warnings about the punishment for faults teachers! (Side note if you are going to say that someone is following false teaching, please be capable of explaining why its wrong.)

This encounter made me a little sad and not because of the conflict, but because this is so common in our world. Aside from some Christian apologists, teachers, and deciples. Most Christians don’t know how to have conversations with people that disagree with them. Most stay away from those conversations and others explode and spew nonsense.

I don’t believe that eather one of these ways of dealing with conflict is correct.

In 1 Peter 3:15-16 it says.

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

As christans we should know the reasons why we believe what we believe. Just spouting off a memorized script, is not nearly good enough. We also need to learn to Love people. In the same way that Jesus does. That love will help us be Christ like, in the way we handle those conversations. Respectfully and lovingly. Love will not alow us shy away form telling others about the hope that we have and will give us the desire to learn how to explain it, to those who don’t believe more effectively.

I live in the USA and I think that it is intresting, that one of this prodominantly christian countrys, courtesy tip is to not talk about religion. This indicates to me that we need to have a better understanding of the Bible and a greater love for people.

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It takes A better kind of faith to be a Christian, than to be an Athiasts. Why we should not compromise!

I’m Shur you have heard the slogan, “It takes more faith to be an Athiast, than to be a Christian”. I realy don’t like this slogen and I think we should stop using it. The statement itself is true, but the reason that its true bothers me enough to write about it in my blog. Before I go into why I don’t like it, let take a moment and talk about fath.
The word “faith” means, “trusting action”. The word is also an umbrella word. What I mean by that, Is that when people say “faith”, they have one of two concepts in mind. One is called blind faith (believing something with no reliable evadenc or careful thought, supporting it) and the other is factual faith (believing something with reliable evidence or careful thought, supporting it). An example of how the word “faith” connects to these two concepts, can actually be found in the life of a very prodominant member of the athiast community, Richard Dawkins. Once when asked if he had “faith”, as an athiast. He said that, because he does not know everything, he is forced to take what other scientist tell him about different things in our world, on fath. However he says that there is evidence that those people know what they are talking about, so it is not unreasonably for him to put his faith in their research. He then talked about how there was no evidence that religion knows what it is talking about, so he would not put his faith in it. That’s the difference.Dawkins often bashes the “blind  faith” of religion, and exalts the “factual faith”, that he has in his fellow scientist.
Unlike Dawkins, I would argue that when it comes to Christianity or Athisom, christanity has far more evadence to support it than athisom does.

For instance, Christianity is the only religion in the world that has actual evadence supporting its supernatural claims. The Bible itself teaches the one reading it to pursue, evadence supported faith and not blind faith. In the book of Hebrews the author has dedicated an entire chapter, to explaining the, whats and how’s, of christian faith. In Hebrews 11:11 he talks about factual faith.

And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise

“She considered him faithful”, all through Sarah’s life, God had been showing her that he could do the impossible. So when he claimed that she would have an impossible son, there was plenty of evadence, that she could trust him with that promises. All through the new testament the different writers talk about having good answers, for why you believe. Christianity provides evadence for its claims, it does not require you to ignore reality, in order to believe it.

The reason that I don’t like that slogen, “It takes more faith to be an Athiast, than to be a Christian”. Is because, it misrepresents Christianity.
It implies that just like Atheists have to have blind faith that there is no god, Christians have to have blind faith in God. When in reality there is lots of reasonable evidence for faith God and the Bible. Unlikel Athisom, where most of the things you have to put your faith into are is still in the theoretical stage.
We have a greater and more reliable person, than ourselves to place our trust in. Who has made it abundantly clear that what he says is true. So lets grab on to the evidenchal truth that, our God lives.
Now I know I’m being a little nitpicky with this, but I think that it is very important that we are careful about what we say and how we say it. So that we can represent Christ here on earth, as accurately and clearly as we can.
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