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The anatomy of faith

06 May 2014, 08:51

What is it that people don’t get about the concept of ‘faith’?

Many say they do not believe in it, yet practice it every single day.

There are so many definitions of faith - whether they appear in dictionaries, on the internet or in the Bible, they all have one thing in common – they state that faith does not come from the mind, or from the realms of logic, mathematics or science, but is born and lives in the heart.

I find it staggering how many arguments people can raise to dispel the notion of faith. They make all manner of claims that the Bible cannot be trusted. They point out that the very nature of man precludes any possibility of trustworthiness in anything produced by his mind or hand. Around the table of debate arguments fly left and right, each side scoring ‘points’ with their convoluted reasoning.

Yet all who choose to deny, debate or question faith are forgetting one Important Fact.


It is quite possible for a man or woman to be reconciled to God their Father in the complete absence of the Bible, preachers, church trappings or any of the other paraphernalia that naysayers choose to put on the table as arguments against the power and reality of faith.

All that is needed for complete and perfect reconciliation between a man or woman and their Heavenly Father is faith.

God is Given. His Holy Spirit that draws His child is Given.

All that we can ever bring to the Cross is faith.

Faith too is a Given. Every single living person has been given a ‘portion’ of faith.

It so small, so terribly frail, it often shakes in the hand ….

Yet when placed into the perfectly shaped keyhole of the heart its immense power can transform even the most reprobate of lives, cleanse the most poisoned mind, heal untold scars, bring relief to the most burdened soul and fill the world-weary traveller with an unspeakable joy that will not fade!

This new reality that is the realization of God’s Love and commitment to our eternal future can and has withstood every imaginable torture and death-sentence that ‘enlightened’ men could conceive, survives all the ills that this sin-damaged and polluted world can throw at it and THRIVES in the face of adversity. 

Those who would cite ‘instances’ of ‘Christian failure’ are truly grasping at the puniest of straws when compared to the endless queue of the redeemed who have reached their glorious destination. The true list of Christian martyrs will never be known in this world, yet those who’s stories have reached the pages of books testifies to the value of this priceless prize.

Yet GOD!

Despite all your arguments, clever devices, ‘historical’ and ‘scientific’  “facts” …. Yet GOD!

How incredibly self-deluded is the mind that tries to conceive of anything in the absence of the reality that is God!

His Glory is so self-evident that there has to be a very ‘special’ category of ‘blind’ for those who look at it all, see it uncovered by the advances of science, wonder at its complex simplicity and marvel at its very existence – and immediately turn to Google to find out the ‘facts’ ….

Mankind is that deluded and blind that he now turns to own ‘intelligence’ for the ‘answers’.

The intelligence that takes raw materials and brain-power provided for them, manufacture a poor imitation of something found in ‘nature’ and then pats itself on the back.

Mankind, for all his ‘intelligence’ cannot manufacture a single living cell from atoms; cannot imitate the quantum computing power of the zygote as it forms an entire human body from just a single cell, using just the energy within itself; cannot travel even to the nearest star; yet has the impudence to regard itself as the ultimate custodian of knowledge and understanding.

God laughs at the ‘intelligence’ of man.

Instead He has chosen something as counterintuitive as ‘faith’ – and with this simple concept He has confounded even the ‘greatest’ minds that mankind has produced. They are so fixated on trying to understand the ‘big things’ that they have completely missed the Biggest of them all.


It is alive.

It is yours.

It is the key to ultimate wisdom.

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