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Faith would not be faith if we only believed in what we can feel, see, hear or taste; would it?
Hebrews 11:1 ESV
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Science is unveiling the long held view that “seeing is believing” for what it is: suspect. A program illustrated this when a number of people were positioned around a street where unknown to them a staged auto accident was to occur. After they all witnessed the incident they were immediately separated and asked to fill out a form and provide a narrative based on what they saw. You can research this one or similar experiments to learn what the results were in great detail but, for this blog I will only write: agreement as to what the facts were by no means would convince me that I was getting an accurate explanation of the occurrence.
Perception gives particular meaning to what we acquire through our senses to each of us; even when we seem to agree there are differences.
Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
But does not this also apply to the Biblical accounts? The Holy Spirit helps with this.
Any thing humans devise, write. mimic or copy can have mistakes and flaws yes, perhaps in some details; perhaps in cultural and social perceptions; perhaps in conveying things using different languages. BUT, the essence of what the Bible reveals with the help of The Holy Spirit such as: Who GOD is, What GOD is like, What GOD’s Standards are, what our relationship is with GOD and that GOD is ultimately in control is clearly explained within The Holy Bible.
John 14:26 ESV
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
Even Christians can disagree on some things yet we do have a core belief system that must be agreed upon to be a Christian.
Romans 14:1 ESV
As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.
Our faith in all we know about GOD is presented in the “Old Testament” and “The New Testament”. It is my perception that GOD initiated a relationship with us and therefore we do not need to do a myriad of ceremonies, sacrifices, pleadings and other extraordinary things to get the attention of GOD. Neither do we have to invent images, substitute icons for GOD, nor chant repetitive incantations; all we need to do is acknowledge who GOD is, accept we are part of GOD’s creation and talk with GOD.
John 13:34-35 ESV
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
One comprehensive list of essentials of the Christian faith:
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