WARNING: do not read this if the Bible or Jesus offends you
Originally posted by WarriorOfLight96
reply to post by wasaka
This is true when you say you believe and yet you don't have enough faith...
when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help.  "Lord," he said, "my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible
suffering."  Jesus said to him, "I will go and heal him."  The centurion replied, "Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But
just say the word, and my servant will be healed.  For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he
goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."  When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to
those following him, "I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.
I would say that belief is not faith. Believe requires no action,
it is just a passive thing (and feeling) and not a DOING. In the
story of the centurion we see that man's TRUST in Jesus but
also his willingness to MOVE FORWARD with that TRUST.
This is a big difference from one who merely "believes" and
yet they do nothing with that so-called trust. Can such a
thing be called TRUST if does not compel ACTION ???
Jesus said, "Fear Not" but what I hear him saying to
everyone is "Believe NOT in Fear." And that means
while you may FEEL fear, don't BELIEVE in it, and
don't allow that feeling (or belief) to hold you back
from DOING what you need to do. Indeed, what I
have come to understand is we ought not believe
in ANYTHING! Trust? Yes. Have faith? Yes, but
to why should we BELIEVE in ANYTHING???
A. Act with courage, overcome FEAR.
B. BELIEF itself does not equal FAITH.
C. See the fear, but MOVE FORWRD.
D. "Do" (doing) is what real FAITH is.
Unless and until your prayer produces action, there is no faith.
Again, faith is not a belief. You see, belief may feel like trust
but it is only trusting a CONCEPT or idea, without real action
the is no REAL faith, there is only self deception.
Nature's God will reward faith, but belief is not faith.
Nature's God will reward faith, but BELIEF is not faith.
Yes, it needed to be said twice.
Consider what Jesus himself said. There were two servants
and one took the coin his Master gave him and put it in the
ground (fearful he might lose it), the second servant invested
that coin and was able to produce a return on that investment.
What did Jesus say? He said when the Master returned he
called the one who put his coin in the earth (he who did not
invest) a wicked servant, but that Master called the servant
who INVESTED "good and faithful."
The message, if you think about it, is very clear. Jesus
was saying that God wants his servant to be FAITHFUL.
Being faithful is "good" and it will reap its own reward in
this life. What does Jesus tell the 'believer' who has not
invest the talent he was given? He calls him evil.
That's a hard pill for a BELIEVER in Jesus to swallow.
Many religious people have a hard time understanding this
because they are invested in their religion. They are attached
to an outcome—attached to a belief. They look to the future,
to pie in the sky when the die, but do not have their eyes on
where they are, what they are doing. They invest in all the
wrong things, in FEAR and ATTACK, and so they may
hold strong convictions (beliefs) about the Bible, but
in reality they are utterly lacking in FAITH.
Such "religious" people have little to no spiritual awareness,
no insight, no wisdom, and no real FAITH - as a result they
suffer and they cause others to suffer with them.
Can such folly even be called religion?
Can belief make your garden grow?
Can knowing the Bible save you?
Here then is the conclusion of the matter:
Faith is life. However, belief (without faith) is death.
We have been give life—our duty is to use that life
to change both ourselves and this world. For it is
only in DOING so that we honor our Master.
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will
say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And
then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Who are those who practice lawlessness?
Is it not those who lack FAITH, those who
believe themselves to be keepers of law
but trust in their dogma and creeds so
much so that their practice of religion
has replaced their knowledge of God?
More reason to BELIEVE NOT, because
in our BELIEFISM we lose THE WAY.
edit on 10-5-2012 by wasaka because: (no reason given)