Belief ≠ A Departing Bee

Belief, essentially, is faith in something and, in turn, faith is defined as (Google):

  1. Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
  2. Strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.

Alas, here lies the “..rather than proof.” that makes Christians, or people from any other religion for that matter, a bit dumb. If this is true than smart people would not believe in anything.. Or does it?

The statement “I don’t believe in anything” is contradicting. All of us believes something even if you claim to be an atheist the fact is you believe  that there is no God. We all believe something, we all have a framework from which we view the world and try to make sense of things. (Does God exists? – that is not something that I will dwell on, but should you want to have brain workout or want to read up a bit on the rationale of the claim of an existence of God see this post on GotQuestions.)

So what does the Christian believe? As Christian: what is your one-liner answer to that question? Non-Christian: what do you think Christians believe? Firstly, the Christian faith is not the good deeds you do (although “We are justified by faith alone but not by a faith that is alone.”), or the church and people you associate with (although community is a must, see this cliche).. 

According to a pretty smart guy (who happened to be a Christian) from 1700 AD -ish faith is:

“..the soul’s entirely embracing the revelation of Jesus Christ as our Savior.

The expanded version of the above definition:

“It is the soul’s entirely acquiescing (def: something reluctantly but without protest) in this revelation, from a sense of the sufficiency, dignity, glory, and excellency of the author of the revelation. Faith is the whole soul’s active agreeing, according, and symphonizing with this truth: all opposition in judgment and inclination, so far as he believes, being taken away.”

Every now and again all of us should consider and assess what we believe. If you are a Christian do you often think why you call yourself that? If you are not a Christian what is it then that you believe? The thing about faith in something is that it should make sense of the world. Does your beliefs explain famine, death, disasters and pain? Does it explain creation, laughter, marriage and the rainbow? Clear things up for yourself, it should mean contentedness of the soul – if not: maybe rethink your worldview. I know I need to more often than not.

Quotes from Jonathan Edwards, Concerning Faith #24.


Believing – Tried But Failed

I think that many people deep down have the desire to believe in God. So what happens when you tried to pursue such a faith and  failed? You tried to believe in Jesus, the Bible and your salvation but you cannot get to the point where you can honestly say to yourself that you have saving faith.

The question about that “failure” is answered by Piper: