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The reason that not all have faith is that it's a divine virtue alien to corrupt flesh, and it must be imparted, because “in my flesh, dwells no good thing.” (12) The Bible describes faith as “substance” and “evidence.” (13) Faith has actual existence that transcends our three dimensional world. There is nothing comparable to faith. The Bible calls it a fruit of the Holy Spirit and a gift that is found only in Jesus Christ. (14) Believing is our mental response to faith. Trusting is our emotional response to faith. But without this divine gift of faith, my believing and trusting will automatically revert to some futile false security or bewitching power.
- James 3:15
- Colossians 2:8 NIV and GNT
- Romans 6:16
- 1 Corinthians 6:19
- Matthew 11:15, 13:9; Mark 4:9, 23 etc...
- Genesis 11:6 KJV
- Genesis 11:4
- John 15:5
- John 5:19
- Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4
- 2 Thessalonians 3:2 NIV
- Romans 7:18
- Hebrews 11:1 KJV
- 1 Timothy 1:14; 2 Timothy 1:13; Galatians 2:20, 3:23-25, 5:22; Ephesians 2:8; 1 Peter 1:21 KJV
- Romans 10:17 KJV
- John 15:7 KJV
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Common logic concludes that God exists, but it's incapable of knowing Him. Our five senses can detect intelligent design, but “knowing” God personally involves our spiritual intuitive nature. If we view the world only through the five senses we become our own god, isolated, narcissistic and confined to meaningless relativity. True understanding is a state of the heart, not an achievement of the mind. Atheists and agnostics cannot perceive the obvious because anger and fear sabotage their reasoning.
Humans receive information from three “voices.” Physical sensation is the voice of the body. Reasoning is the voice of the mind. Intuition is the voice of the human spirit, and it's defined as “direct perception of truth or fact independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension... pure, untaught, noninferential knowledge.”
If your logic processes data only from the five physical senses and disregards conscience and intuition you will remain imprisoned in spiritual darkness, creating God in your own marred image. God is not illogical, but our logic is restricted by the scope of our vision and the condition of our heart.
Even empirical science cannot escape intuition. Physicians, selected from the best and most balanced minds are in a continual state of disagreement over medicine, because pure unbiased objectivity is a myth. Einstein understood this. It wasn't detached logic that led him to deep scientific discoveries, they were birthed from subjective experience. “A new idea comes suddenly and in a rather intuitive way. That means it is not reached by conscious logical conclusions.” (Albert Einstein) If that's true of science, how much truer is it of God.
Love, evil, goodness, beauty, perfection, consciousness, impressions of immortality and our ability to have this discussion, confound “objectivity” because such abstractions reveal a reality beyond mere physiology. If you don't sense a sublime inner longing for God it's because your logic has become a fortress to avoid some fear. When we've been offended by the counterfeit, we instinctively fear the truth. What are you afraid of and why are you so angry? If your beliefs are based on what seems reasonable to your five senses you've been seduced. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25)
Faith is often misunderstood as an intellectual leap in the dark. But biblical faith is anything but darkness. Faith is a noun, not some capricious leap in the dark initiated by imagination. It's supernatural light with actual existence that transcends space and time. It supersedes emotions and enlightens reason. Faith is not an abstraction, but it's defined as “substance” and “evidence” (Hebrews 11:1) This incomparable knowledge is not natural to humans but is imparted by God. (2 Thess 3:2) It is a gift found only in Jesus Christ, through whom “All things were created …and in Him all things consist.” (1 Tim 1:14; 2 Tim 1:13; Eph 2:8; Col 1:16-17)
Believing is our mental response to faith. Trusting is our emotional response to faith. Without this divine gift, our natural ability to believe and trust will automatically revert to some futile false security, like our notoriously devious minds.
Einstein interpreted his intuitive experience by logic, but he could never impart it to anyone. He could only offer dead equations. Christians have a similar dilemma. Words are meaningless symbols until you know the reality behind them. Therefore, I will not waste time trying to convince you that Christ is the only Truth, the only Way, and the only source of Life, because it cannot be done.
I couldn't trust the Bible or anyone's story, and I know you can't either. Nevertheless, in spite of my flaws, like millions from every culture, I too have experienced the literal presence of Jesus Christ and the impact was so sensational that it was like awakening from a dream. Now that I'm awake I can understand the illusion of the dream. That experience has continued to unfold within me confirming the Bible, and transforming my life.
This is not about intellectual suicide, it's about true enlightenment and satisfaction. It's available to anyone who treasures truth and is willing to admit their own brokenness and spiritual bankruptcy. Pride is the only thing that God's grace cannot penetrate, and atheism is pride's most arrogant fantasy.
Copyright 2012 by Hayden Humphrey