Have you ever had an experience where you go to sit down in a chair and your classmates or coworkers pull it out from underneath, or you go to lean on something miss it and fall over? From then on you don’t trust your classmates or you’re extra careful about where you lean. Your faith in that situation has been tested. You’re a little bit more wary about what you do because of that. What is faith? Some people describe it as leaning on something you know is going to be there; faith is hoping then what you’re going to do next will affect or, the desired outcome.
What is faith?
I’ve had people ask me recently what faith are you? Which kind of struck me odd, because I’ve also started working on memorizing a verse from Hebrews Chapter 11 “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Before I had a personal relationship with God as my father, I had very little faith in anything but my personal experience. The current definition from most people’s final authority (Google) it states that faith is: “complete trust or confidence in someone or something.” The social definition of faith leans more towards “What religion are you?” rather than “what are you putting your faith in as truth?” Atheists have faith in the “Big Bang Theory”, and Darwin’s “Theory of Evolution” they hope these theories are correct basing the evidence of things not seen. Buddhist have faith that karma is what goes effects your “next life”. Capitalist have faith that their money will solve all their problems. New agers have faith that the stars predict their future and morality is a mindset.
How does faith apply to everyday life?
No matter what you believe in, what religion you are or if you even believe in God you have faith that you will wake up in the morning. You have faith that the ground will still be the ground, the sky will still be the sky and water will still be water, you’re leaning on what you know as truth. Faith has applications in every part of every person’s everyday life. Some people have faith that their lottery ticket will get them out of debt. Some people have faith that their parents will take care of them forever. Others only have faith in themselves and what they can achieve by their own will and strength.
Different faith or belief systems
If you look at how atheist look at faith, they have faith that over millions of years everything came to be what it is today, and it is there because of that. Whereas people who believe in creation have faith that some outside force created everything that is, will be and, will ever be and they would rather put their faith in that. People have faith that when they die, they are going to return to dirt. Which was said in the Bible, not just by an atheist, and other people have faith that while their bodies may return to dust that their souls go off into eternity. People have faith that when their souls go off into eternity based on what they’ve done in this life it goes to a better place rather than a bad place, heaven or hell. Personally, along with a few other people have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that no matter what bad thing I’ve done in my past, what sin I committed I’m going to end up in heaven or spend eternity in a good place. I don’t base my faith on what somebody else has told me to do, what somebody else has told me to believe I based my faith in the Bible which has completely changed my life from what it was growing up. I’m not here to try to convince you that I have all the answers, I’m just here to try to ask you what if I’m right what if heaven and hell are real, and it’s not a karma-based system? Entry is granted only by the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
How do I turn faith into a guarantee for eternity?
There’s something in the Bible then no religion has, the dictionaries can’t define, that science textbooks will never tell you about, and that’s something called saving faith. Saving faith is when an individual leans their eternal destiny on The Lord Jesus Christ, and what he did on the cross of Calvary. The Bible says “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: is the gift of God:” It also says if you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart The Lord Jesus Christ you will be saved, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13). It’s not by confessing it to a priest or to somebody else, It is about telling God himself that you’re a Sinner and that you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. A lot of people don’t do that because of pride in admitting they are a sinner and they’ve done bad things in their life or they think there needs to be something else to it, something more that needs to go into it, to make amends for their sin. I hope that whatever day you’re reading this on you found something that you’ve been looking for and you believe in Jesus Christ, faithfully putting your trust in him. It is as simple as that, have a good day.
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