WISDOM IS THE PRINCIPAL THING
Pastor Thomas Reveals the Wisdom of God for Every Day Life
"...faith that can be explained in a way to understand the how and why."
Page 1: Life, Death, & Eternity
From my understanding of the Bible, life and death mean much more than the common view. While in every day terms life and death mean the
beginning and end, perhaps even the middle, they're also parts, or rather, events that occur within eternity.
Eternity was explained to me in a church meeting once as "vanishing point to vanishing point." It sounded sophisticated but was far above my brain power and completely disconnected from my everyday life.
As the vanishing point notion was being explained (sort of), I nodded with everyone else because I didn't want to seem completely confused, even though I was completely confused. What the heck does that even mean?! I thought to myself, but to avoid embarrassment, I just joined the mass nods of approval.
I don't mean to mock my brother in Christ speaking at the time, I'm simply making a note of my personal experience and how completely lost I was from an explanation I just didn't get, which is the point I want to make.
I think too often we hear stuff that doesn't make sense so we're told to "take it by faith" or accept it even though we may not understand it. For me, this is what I refer to as religious faith as opposed to effective bible faith, the kind God uses, though He's a lot better at it than we are.
Taking things "by faith"- as through a religious habit - may leave us feeling less comforted, ore confused, dissatisfied and with almost no understanding. We might feel somewhat ripped off as if we've lost something or someone or even still feel like victims when we've suffered hardship; that sense of unfairness.
My mind requires a level of simplicity and a mechanical basis to understand and therefore implement. This is why I need the bible kind of faith; faith that can be explained in a way to understand the how and why.
"...religious faith as opposed to effective..."