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To Cindi others-on faith
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Brian-2N    Posted 09-26-2003 at 07:01:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You are confused about religion, and mix that up with many comments about faith.
Religion, or more properly organized religion, is a set of beliefs (Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, etc.). Internal to these are seperate interpretations or sects (Catholocism, Prtotestantism, Shiites, etc.). Do not confuse these with your own faith.
Faith is a gift from God. It is freely given by Him, yet not all receive it. I do not know why, nor do I need to, but it is true. That also is the essence of faith.. It IS blind. Christ indicated to his disciples that their faith must be like that of a child, or they could not enter his kingdom. He meant that they must not act childish, but childlike and innocent and trust in his fatherm the same way your children trust you, their mother. It does not mean a blind chauvinistic adherence to a belief. Your faith is in God, not a church.
As far as a church or religion, you ust find one that suits your belief. I am a cradle Catholic, but I have also studied my religion in depth, accept its teachings, and believe it to be the true church. No I do not believe the rest of the world will be damned. I would hope whoever you are, you believe the same about yours. If not, you need to do some serious soul searching.
Another point Cindi, you cannot "learn" faith. All the arguments in the world cannot bring you faith. They can perhaps convince you of the value of one religion over another, but you cannot get faith from a book. Knowing all the answers will not give you faith, or convince you of anything. It will only raise more questions. "Which of you by taking thought, can add anything to his stature?"
Rememeber Psalm 46-"Be still and know that I am God." Stop trying to figure everything out and believe. Elijah did not see God in the earthquake, the wind or the fire-he heard Him in a still small voice.
If you must know the answers, turn to philosophy. We have had many schools of philosophy throughout recorded history. Perhaps one may give you answers. I would warn you though, do not undertake the study of any philosphy unless your faith is firmly grounded. You will only become bitter and confused.
The fact that you even raise the question shows promise. You are confused, but this bothers you and you want to know. You want to have faith. Pray. I have had many prayers directly answered. I have had many which others would think are unanswered, but I believe them to be answered, just in a way I do not know or understand. I do not need to understand. I believe. I have faith. I hope you will find it too.

Jimbob    Posted 09-27-2003 at 08:53:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Also understand in a deeper thought that faith provides positive reinforcement inside a person. God teaches us positive thinking.

Its a powerful tool as long as one does not get caught up in 'the instant result, self-gratification thing' in their head. That creates negative thoughts, and self-doubt.

The only restraint is time. Time does not exist in gods kingdom. Thus, faith can win over the restriction of time.

BOSS    Posted 09-26-2003 at 08:12:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
which brings us back to my post below. :)

Maggie/TX    Posted 09-26-2003 at 07:55:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
VERY well said, Brian!

toolman    Posted 09-26-2003 at 08:33:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
thank you for that post brian.

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