In my last post I felt I was a bit vague concerning faith, so decided to revisit it today.
As I had said before there are 12 words used in the original manuscripts that have been interpreted to mean faith. Two Hebrew and ten Greek. I looked at it again and I was in error there are eleven, 3 Hebrew and 8 Greek. However all but two of them pretty much mean the same thing.; "to have confidence in ...", in other words faith is trusting someone or something.
I understand, I think, why Jesus so often lamented our "little faith". Let me try to explain.
According to science all matter is made up of tiny bits of some kind of energy. We think of it as electronic energy with positive and negative poles that bind to each other through very specific set of rules to create the items that we call reality. Yet if science is correct our "reality" is not reality at all. Only energy and the rules that bind that energy are the reality. We already live by faith because we accept that a table is a table and solid enough to support the dinner plates. This may be too esoteric for some, but ,think about it. Being a Christian doesn't mean leaving your brain in a box, think, God gave you the ability to reason, use it.
What Jesus was so sad about was our utter failure to think and put two and two together.
All of nature is a witness to the Glory and Provision of God. It is rare for the creation to suffer as it is all in sync. It can be seen when the big picture is viewed with an honestly seeking heart. Very specific rules attend to nature to keep it in balance. Is there suffering in nature, of course there is, by our definition, anyway. Is there lack in nature, yes there is lack, by our definition anyway. But, all is in balance, eventually lack is made up and suffering stops.
Our lack of faith is our lack of vision. We see the tree but not the forest.
We do not believe that we are the spearhead of Gods creation here on earth. Heck some even have trouble believing there really is a God, they just hope there is.
The kind of faith that Jesus wants for us comes from trusting that there really is a God. The evidence is all around us, just look. Then trusting that He, Jesus, really was God in flesh and that after He had been murdered (an innocent man put to death for a guilty mans crimes (yours and mine) is murder) He came back to life and lives today. You do not have to take this on blind faith, there is evidence all around, you just have to look with an open mind and heart. Let God speak to you. Open your inner ears and eyes. Reality is not what we see, hear and touch with our bodies anymore than the table is really solid.
If you still struggle with faith, try this experiment and let me know how it came out.
For seven days straight, pray this prayer three times a day, be honest with yourself and reword it anyway that feels right so long as the basic meaning is not changed:
God I really don't know who you are or what you are, I don't have faith in you, but please if you are there, reveal yourself to me. Amen.
I really want to know how the experiment works for you. I have done it and so have many others, what have you got to loose, if there is no God the experiment will prove it. If there is prepare to have your socks blown off. And if you already think you have faith but are not sure try this prayer and see what happens for you, it is amazing.
May the Creator Father Bless you richly.