Sunday, March 20, 2011

Faith is such a small word, only 5 little letters, but is so much of who we are in this life.

I was raised a New Testament Christian. My grandfather had been a sinner as a young man that had found God and became a devout Christian. He lived the rest of his life, up until shortly before the end, as  a strict single Religion Christian, if you didn't believe what his Church taught and live it like they taught, you were going to hell. Some of his children to this day are of the same mind. He, shortly before his death, joined another Church and began to praise the Lord differently. His most devout daughter still sorrows for him and thinks he went to hell. I don't think so. I have lots of christian family members and friends and almost none of them go to the same church, but I know in my heart that they, one and all, are saved Christians on their way to life in eternity with the Lord.

I for the most part was raised in my grandfathers Church, and it's roots are part of my very core, but as it has changed, I now know that is probably why he changed churches, as it no longer was his Church. I can no longer find the exact church I was born to and probably wouldn't be welcome as I don't believe God only listens to one church. I know that a relationship with God is not in a building or a church. I know that the Bible is the living breathing word from God, it speaks to us individually and always has new truth and wisdom for us each time we seek God in our reading. I know that God made no two of anything on this earth. He didn't make one single thing a duplicate so why would he have made one single experience or relationship with him the same. I do believe he gave us all an outline of similarity just like we are all human, but that is where it ends, the fine details of our life with God is ours and ours alone. We are all called to praise him, and to praise him in all things. We are all called to believe that God so loved us that he gave his only Son to die for our sins and if we believe that we shall not die but have everlasting life. I know you can not earn everlasting life it is a gift from God.  I  have heard if you boil the Bible down to one sentence it is, "there is no such thing as a free lunch." I don't believe that I believe the other. That we praise God, belief in Jesus, ask for his forgiveness and receive everlasting life as his gift to us.

I have never believed in once saved always saved but have friends who do. I have contemplated it greatly and think that the only way, it is once saved always saved, would be that only God knows, in his all knowing of your true time of saving. So maybe it is possible, that people who profess to be saved and fall into evil ways were never saved? uhm... I don't believe in predestination, I do believe that God knows the moment of our death and nothing we do changes it, we have free choice to praise him or not until we die.

Booboo asked me about faith this week, I tried to explain to her. " it is something we can't not see, hear, smell or feel but that it is the knowing that something is, just because, we know it is. There is a God, is all about faith, yes, if you believe you see, feel, hear and smell him but not in a tangible way you can really take a picture of, it is the knowing in your heart that it is so." She said, "oh, like when our soul goes to heaven when we die!" I said, "that would be it." She may always amaze me in her knowing or understand of things far beyond her years I don't know but can't wait to enjoy the trip with her. ........ tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. Definition of Faith: Hebrews 11:1
    Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
    In my bible study we did a day on faith this week. That's why this verse popped into my head! :)


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