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Faith is the only that pleases God!!

In Christianity on January 26, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Faith

Without faith it is impossible to please Him . . . —Hebrews 11:6

Faith in active opposition to common sense is mistaken enthusiasm and narrow-mindedness, and common sense in opposition to faith demonstrates a mistaken reliance on reason as the basis for truth. The life of faith brings the two of these into the proper relationship. Common sense and faith are as different from each other as the natural life is from the spiritual, and as impulsiveness is from inspiration. Nothing that Jesus Christ ever said is common sense, but is revelation sense, and is complete, whereas common sense falls short. Yet faith must be tested and tried before it becomes real in your life. “We know that all things work together for good . . .” ( Romans 8:28  ) so that no matter what happens, the transforming power of God’s providence transforms perfect faith into reality. Faith always works in a personal way, because the purpose of God is to see that perfect faith is made real in His children.

 

For every detail of common sense in life, there is a truth God has revealed by which we can prove in our practical experience what we believe God to be. Faith is a tremendously active principle that always puts Jesus Christ first. The life of faith says, “Lord, You have said it, it appears to be irrational, but I’m going to step out boldly, trusting in Your Word” (for example, see Matthew 6:33 ). Turning intellectual faith into our personal possession is always a fight, not just sometimes. God brings us into particular circumstances to educate our faith, because the nature of faith is to make the object of our faith very real to us. Until we know Jesus, God is merely a concept, and we can’t have faith in Him. But once we hear Jesus say, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” ( John 14:9  ) we immediately have something that is real, and our faith is limitless. Faith is the entire person in the right relationship with God through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.

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  1. It is interesting how you compare common sense to faith. I’ve never really thought about common sense. Thank you for the thoughts. Let me give my line of reasoning:

    I think common sense is a confusing phrase. I would say that faith would not make much sense to non-believers but would make much sense to believers. In this regard, I agree with Wiki’s statement (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_sense): “Whatever definition one uses, identifying particular items of knowledge as ‘common sense’ becomes difficult. Philosophers may choose to avoid using the phrase when using precise language. ”

    Webster provides a much simpler definition: “sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts.” With this definition in mind, faith could indeed be sound and prudent judgment based on the facts perceived by new testament writers (and others not recorded). Such facts include the virgin birth, miracles, and the resurrection. With this definition, faith could indeed be common sense. But I understand what you’re saying. It seems counter-intuitive to refer to events perceived only once in history to be “common.” I believe it was David Hume who argued that we should reject the notion of the miracle because “they are contrary to our consistent experience of laws of nature” (see http://www.iep.utm.edu/h/humereli.htm#H2). I completely disagree with Hume because he is implying that God can be restricted to the bounds or laws of nature. Indeed, God is completely independent of nature and the universe. Furthermore, God can CHOOSE or WILL to exist or not exist in that nature and to make any tweaks to it if He so chooses. So, Hume was bunk. In this regard, I am worried that a person could base this conclusion on the claim that common sense and faith are different.

    I believe faith can become common sense to the believer after repeated trial and error in life, as you said, “faith must be tested and tried before it becomes real in your life”, though I would prefer to say that faith grows stronger. But I believe there is a strong connection of faith with fear in God. This connection would be interesting to research.

    • Ben you have some very keen insight… thanks for taking the time to comment. Your insight about common sense especially about the non-believer lacking the ability to comprehend it based on the knowledge of God is in my opinion very accurate. When we surrender to the Holy Spirit he makes us a new creature (see the New Testament for reference) which instills in us a new conscience and a new wisdom based on the mind of Christ. If we stay surrendered (is that a word?) it would seem to me the sum of our behavior could be labeled common “Christian” sense if you will. As for Hume and others who want to disprove and denounce the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob our God… they have to deny his super naturalism and his ability to transcend time and space. I read the ideas they put forth but I am always brought back to the one immutable truth He is The I AM … the supreme God the only God and most important my God!!!

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