Do you know what Faith is?

Do you know what Faith is?

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Cookie_Parker

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#2 Aug 27, 2013
Trust in Jesus wrote:
What Faith is not
Faith is not religion. Many times people say "We have our faith". What they mean is this: "We have our religious ideas and doctrines, our traditions, our ways of doing things passed down through the generations. Don't you try to change them." This is not the Biblical idea of faith.
Faith is not mental assent. It is not agreeing with your mind, "Yes, that is true." Many professing Christians believe mentally that the Bible is the Word of God, but this faith does not change the way they live. It is not a faith that can save.(James 2:14)
Even demons have that kind of faith. They know and believe that God exists (James 2:19)- and tremble. They have no loving confidence in God.
Faith is not a way to manipulate God. It is not a power by which we make God do what WE want when otherwise He would be unwilling to do that thing. It is not a kind of magic through which we make God into our servant!
What Faith Is
In the general sense of the word, to have faith is to believe in something or someone, to fully trust, to be so confident that you base your actions on what you believe. To have faith is to be fully convinced of the truthfulness and reliability of that in which you believe.
Faith in God then, is having the kind of trust and confidence in God and in Christ that leads you to commit your whole soul to Him as Saviour (Justifier, Cleanser, Healer, Deliverer) and Lord (Master, King).
The NIV translation says, "Faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see." (Hebrews 11:1 NIV).
The NKJV of the Bible says, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1).
Faith is a spiritual substance. When you have this spiritual substance in you, it communicates to you a certain inner knowing that the thing you are hoping for is certainly established, even before you see any material evidence that it has happened.
Faith is a spiritual force. Faith in God is a response to God's Word which moves God to act. Jesus said in Mark 11:23, "For assuredly I say to you, whoever SAYS to this mountain,'Be removed and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but BELIEVES that those things he SAYS will be done, he will HAVE whatever he SAYS." Words mixed with the real, pure faith can and will move mountains or any other problem that we face.
Faith in God must be from the heart. It is not merely intellectual. It is spiritual. "For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Romans 10:10)
Faith isn't having trust in God in Christ....it's actually BELIEVING in something you cannot see...and has not been seen nor proven...that's faith regarding God and Christ.
little lamb

South Yarra, Australia

#3 Aug 27, 2013
Cookie_Parker wrote:
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Faith isn't having trust in God in Christ....it's actually BELIEVING in something you cannot see...and has not been seen nor proven...that's faith regarding God and Christ.
Faith is in the 'word' of God..so we certainly can 'see' and 'hear' the WORD.

So we know from past experiences that God tells us something..

we can't 'see' how it works but we do it because he tells us to..Like a child is obedient to their Father...

not fully understanding [seeing] what father is meaning or doing..but trusting he loves us.

Like Abraham's faith..given a 'word' to leave his city and come out..he did so not knowing where he was going...

Like Abraham was told to sacrifice his son..he was given a 'word'...he proceeded to do it...

thinking 'how come God says my seed will become many by this son, now he is asking me to sacrifice him..i don't believe he lies , so what is going on? he must be going to resurrect him after I kill him.'

that's the predicament Abraham was put in..but his faith was he believed gods WORD and acted on it ..IN FAITH.

"FAITH is the ASSURED EXPECTATION of things HOPED for, the evident demonstration of realities yet unbeheld.'

Cookie_Parker

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#4 Aug 27, 2013
little lamb wrote:
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Faith is in the 'word' of God..so we certainly can 'see' and 'hear' the WORD.
So we know from past experiences that God tells us something..
we can't 'see' how it works but we do it because he tells us to..Like a child is obedient to their Father...
not fully understanding [seeing] what father is meaning or doing..but trusting he loves us.
Like Abraham's faith..given a 'word' to leave his city and come out..he did so not knowing where he was going...
Like Abraham was told to sacrifice his son..he was given a 'word'...he proceeded to do it...
thinking 'how come God says my seed will become many by this son, now he is asking me to sacrifice him..i don't believe he lies , so what is going on? he must be going to resurrect him after I kill him.'
that's the predicament Abraham was put in..but his faith was he believed gods WORD and acted on it ..IN FAITH.
"FAITH is the ASSURED EXPECTATION of things HOPED for, the evident demonstration of realities yet unbeheld.'
You don't KNOW when it comes to God...you've not seen him, engaged him in physical contact...you just BELIEVE....you have FAITH...in something you cannot prove even exists.

Cookie_Parker

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#7 Aug 28, 2013
Helpful Hints wrote:
<quoted text>You can only speak for yourself, your life and your experience. You also do not know what a person can prove exists. Proof is not required to believe. Allegedly Buddha went on his sojourn of meditation, climbed a mountain and he heard what he said was God tell him three times "read". If this did not happen then Buddhism is a farce. So, did it happen and if so, then why do you BELIEVE?
Proof is proof. And there is NO proof that a god exists...none. And not much that Christ existed, either. And you know it. God and Christ are created in the faith people have, and not in anything that will manifest itself.

Siddharta never believed in a god....just in himself and the buddha within him. You can't Christianize Buddhism...it existed over 600 years before the creation of Christ.

Buddhism is proven along the path taken. Each step along the path is reinforced from the physical response which it invokes.

Sorry, but faith alone creates a god....and that manifests itself in actions. TRUE followers of Christ follow his teachings..all others pick and choose from the bible that which justifies their beliefs.

Cookie_Parker

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#8 Aug 28, 2013
Helpful Hints wrote:
<quoted text>Good post. Those who know always know. Those who do not know always just wonder.
As though somehow a belief in a being not seen makes you superior? See, that's the fallacy of your faith.....following Christ's teachings at least gives you a spirituality of being kind, considerate, nonjudgmental, tolerant and compassionate...picking and choosing verses satisfy your beliefs, they don't create any spiritual reactions whatsoever...just justifications.
Big Al

Hibbing, MN

#9 Aug 28, 2013
Faith is not magic.

"Faith can move mountains, but don't be surprised if God hands you a shovel." ~Author Unknown

And don’t be surprised if “God” doesn’t hand you a shovel and you have to go out and buy it.
Big Al

Hibbing, MN

#10 Aug 28, 2013
Helpful Hints wrote:
<quoted text>Good post. Those who know always know. Those who do not know always just wonder.
“It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows.”– Epictetus

"The fool doesn’t know he doesn’t know." - Lao Tzu

"To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge." - Nicolaus Copernicus

Cookie_Parker

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#13 Aug 28, 2013
Helpful Hints wrote:
<quoted text>Yes, proof is proof and there was proof that the earth was a sphere long before people like you stopped claiming it was flat.
Actually, you are wrong, Siddharta did believe in a god, not a personal god but one that was creator. In fact, Siddharta climbed a mountain and waited to here from God and God told him three times "read". Read what Buddhism, nope it did not exist, porn, nope it was a spiritual journey. Read what? The teachings of the Torah, Hinduism, Taoism, Leviticus, Mosaic law, Confucism,etc. That makes Siddharta a student. He discovered nothing, he simply read the teachings of others.
You are trying to Buddhize Christianity.
Also, Siddharta climbed a mountain so he was fit, so why is the Buddha a lazy fat man who only sat and ate?
Buddha and Buddhism are created in the imaginations that people have and not in anything that will manifest itself.
Sorry, Christ existed an eternity before man ever existed. Buddhism was born from a man who heard "read".
True followers are Christ are saved and are Christian, all else are damned. That is what Christ. Christ said the devil was your father. That is what Christ said, not Moses, not Paul, not John, but Christ.
You understand less about Christianity than you do buddhism..and you really don't understand buddhism at all. You can't come to it from an arrogant and self-serving heart...and you won't find answers outside yourself on anything remotely Buddhist....

Christ was around over 600 years after Siddharta...of that there is no doubt. Christ is not God...he came to earth to bring the message to everyone..the fact you believe Christ to be God of the Old Testament is the trick the Christian Reconstructionists have given to confuse the meanings of Christ in helping the poor and not worshiping the rich, and not sitting in judgement of anyone.

You are following false prophets who are just after more profits for themselves.

Cookie_Parker

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#14 Aug 28, 2013
Helpful Hints wrote:
<quoted text>It has nothing to do with superiority, So, you think your Buddhism is either equal, inferior or superior. Which is it? Considering that you are being judgmental, intolerant, hate spirited, and lacking in compassion.
I'm not being judgmental, but you are and are continuously. I never so much as implied that Buddhism was rated anywhere on any scale. It's your arrogance and prideful ways from the American Exceptionalism and the "only we are saved" prideful dogmas of the born again evangelism that have created your need to prove you are superior to others..and can judge them...making you no more Christian than Jews are Christians.
little lamb

South Yarra, Australia

#15 Aug 28, 2013
Cookie_Parker wrote:
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You understand less about Christianity than you do buddhism..and you really don't understand buddhism at all. You can't come to it from an arrogant and self-serving heart...and you won't find answers outside yourself on anything remotely Buddhist....
Christ was around over 600 years after Siddharta...of that there is no doubt. Christ is not God...he came to earth to bring the message to everyone..the fact you believe Christ to be God of the Old Testament is the trick the Christian Reconstructionists have given to confuse the meanings of Christ in helping the poor and not worshiping the rich, and not sitting in judgement of anyone.
You are following false prophets who are just after more profits for themselves.
Buddhism is about DETACHMENT ..Jesus Christ is about LOVE.

Buddhism is about being self- centered..[gazing at your navel..ha ha ha]

Jesus is about denying self.

Cookie_Parker

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#16 Aug 29, 2013
little lamb wrote:
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Buddhism is about DETACHMENT ..Jesus Christ is about LOVE.
Buddhism is about being self- centered..[gazing at your navel..ha ha ha]
Jesus is about denying self.
Not even close. When you condemn a spiritual journey, do you think Christ forgives?
When you bear false witness, do you think Christ forgives?
little lamb

South Yarra, Australia

#17 Aug 29, 2013
Cookie_Parker wrote:
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Not even close. When you condemn a spiritual journey, do you think Christ forgives?
When you bear false witness, do you think Christ forgives?
Buddhism had its founder from a man Siddhartha Gautama ..and he was not 'sent' from God

Jesus Christ is the only one that comes from heaven..that means Siddhartha can only tell you earthly things because heavenly things are out of his reach

And the light that is in every man is Christ

Buddhism also degenerated into worshiping an idol..and attracted many people who were into drugs..

because unlike Christ it did not put restrictions on peoples behavior..whereas a christian is to put on the personality of Christ , and is very much interested in the character of a man.

Jesus is the WAY... there is no other way...

Cookie_Parker

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#18 Aug 30, 2013
little lamb wrote:
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Buddhism had its founder from a man Siddhartha Gautama ..and he was not 'sent' from God
Jesus Christ is the only one that comes from heaven..that means Siddhartha can only tell you earthly things because heavenly things are out of his reach
And the light that is in every man is Christ
Buddhism also degenerated into worshiping an idol..and attracted many people who were into drugs..
because unlike Christ it did not put restrictions on peoples behavior..whereas a christian is to put on the personality of Christ , and is very much interested in the character of a man.
Jesus is the WAY... there is no other way...
Buddism does not have a deity. I've said that. It is a practice of attaining enlightenment...finding the true meaning of life and preparing for death.

There may have been people who went the route of drugs...but it's not changed Buddhism..anymore than those born again evangelicals who went the way of pedophiles changed the true Christian religions.

Buddha lives within us all. You can have your saying that the HOly spirit resides in you. So long as you practice compassion, tolerance, nonjudgment and love, you are contributing to goodness in the world and it's doesn't matter to a Buddhist. Creating good is okay, but defiling the world with hatred, divisiveness and judgment is not.

Cookie_Parker

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#22 Aug 30, 2013
Truth wrote:
When Cookie Parker condemns a spiritual journey, does she think Karma forgives?
When Cookie Parker bears false witness, does she think Karma forgives?
Where in Buddhism are these wrong? Please, ol' sage' show us....

Cookie_Parker

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#25 Aug 30, 2013
Truth wrote:
In Buddhism aren't these Cookie Parker actions wrong? Please, Cookie Parker show us....
Don't know a thing about Buddhism, and it shows, GS. Plus you repeat what others say..which shows lack of intelligence.

Please, if you can, tell me why a person would waste their time on discussing with an idiot like you? I'll give you a couple weeks to formulate your thoughts....

Why is it atheists care?

Cookie_Parker

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#26 Aug 30, 2013
Truth wrote:
When Cookie Parker condemns a spiritual journey, does she think Karma forgives?
When Cookie Parker bears false witness, does she think Karma forgives?
Where in Buddhism does this show up as being wrong? As producing karma?

Please, GS, show us.
lol

Welch, WV

#27 Aug 30, 2013
Cookie_Parker wrote:
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I'm not being judgmental, but you are and are continuously. I never so much as implied that Buddhism was rated anywhere on any scale. It's your arrogance and prideful ways from the American Exceptionalism and the "only we are saved" prideful dogmas of the born again evangelism that have created your need to prove you are superior to others..and can judge them...making you no more Christian than Jews are Christians.
Your whole life is empty. Oh, you may exist but for what? You have a little happiness and a little sadness but then you, like your meaningless buddha fellow, die. The thing of it is, you must think you can come back and try again but that is silly superstition. It will never happen because..

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

And Christians are NOT superior to anyone, we just have the FAITH that God gave us to hope for a better life AFTER this one that does not require reincarnation.

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