Faith, the assent given to a truth:
"Behold, he that is unbelieving, his soul shall not be right within himself, but the just shall live in his faith." Habacuc 2:4, Romans 1:17, Hebrews 10:38.
Since GOD is Spirit, HE has no parts, no mass, no height, width, depth, weight, color, in other words, no measurable parameters, such as found in science. He does not occupy space, nor is He in time. As the great theologian and author, Frank Sheed, once recounted of what someone had told him, "That is the best definition of nothing I have ever heard". Truths presented in a learning process of the things of GOD have no scientific measurements, since we talk of things of the Spirit, rather than of earthly things which are measurable. Truths of the Spirit are accepted by us if we have the 'Gift of Faith'.
How do we receive this 'Gift of Faith'?
First of all, do you know the difference between a 'Gift' and a 'Present'?
A 'Gift' is given freely and has no strings attached.
A 'Present' has a string or strings attached.
The 'Gift of Faith' comes directly from GOD and He gives it freely...
...If we ask for it.
Hebrews chapter 11:1-40, shows what the 'Gift of Faith'
has done for many "heroes" of the Old Testament. It is a marvelous summation of
the stories of Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses,
and many others.
Faith conquered kingdoms, wrought justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, recovered strength from weakness, became valiant in battle, put to flight armies of aliens, and raised the dead (Hebrews 11:32-35).
Faith depends on hearing, and on hearing the Word of
Christ: Romans 10:17.
Faith is our victory that overcomes the world: 1John 5:4.
Faith is the substance of things to be hoped for, the evidence of things that are not seen: Hebrews 11:1.
Faith is what we believe. Morals are the guidelines of our conduct.
Pope Paul VI is said to have walked the hallways of the
Vatican, repeating over and over again...
"When the Son of Man comes, will He find,
do you think, faith on the earth?" Luke 18:8
Updated May 16, 2000
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