True Faith in Christ

31 12 2011
Believe in Christ

Faith Grows

What is the difference between faith and belief?  Can anyone just think or say that Jesus is the Son of God and all is done?

First of all He taught us how to behave, how to act and program our thoughts before we act in a very compact sermon located in Matthew 5 through Matthew 7.  It is simple to understand.  It is not as easy to do every moment of your life.  That is what this life is for, to master our soul and be perfect as he commanded us to be.

Jesus did say that straight is the gate and narrow is the way that leads to eternal life and broad is the way that leads to destruction.

Faith is an action word.  Grace is the Saviors act of forgiveness after we have repented or changed, not before.  If we are still in the habit of not following Christ’s instructions as listed in His gospel noted above, we have not repented yet and the grace of God cannot take hold in our life.

I have had friends in the past who have been convinced that once you say you believe in Jesus and accept Him as your Savior, it’s all good.  That’s NEVER what Jesus said.  As a matter of fact, I have taken the time to pull out the words of Jesus recorded in the New Testament regarding what Jesus said about the subject.  You can look up all the references and read the before and after context.  Anyone who cares to learn what Jesus wants for us will not have to rely on any dogma filtered through the agenda of anyone. Basically Jesus tells us that words are important but if they are not backed up by our actions, talk is cheap.

Matthew 5: 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Jesus then spends more time and effort teaching us what to say and do in chapters 6 and 7 and then says:

Matthew 7: 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

Matthew 11:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Matthew 25: 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.  (Versus)  30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 25: 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

Mark 3: 35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

Mark 4:24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.

Mark 7:6  …this people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.  Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God…

Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth…

Luke 10:25 … Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

Luke 13:26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. 27 But he (The Lord) shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

John 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

John 10: My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

John 10:37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. 38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

John 13:17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

So, there you have it.  That is what Jesus said about doing what He instructed us.  The world will be a very wonderful place when we all love God and each other as we have been instructed to.  He is our Father and we are all His children.


I Know That My Redeemer Lives

3 08 2009

I believe in Jesus Christ.  Here is a very nice video to remind me of who my role model is.  I hope you enjoy the this I found on Seth Adam Smith’s site.

Conquer The World

21 11 2008

If you conquer the world – Then What?

To me, it has always been weird that someone would want to conquer the world. Take over this, take over that, for what? “I want to have the most property and toys before I die because ….. ” Forget it! That is so 1900’s. Unfortunately, there are still real and substantial villains that subscribe to that backward syphilitic thinking.

I would love to do as Henry David Thoreau did for two years and abandon modern life and survive off my own efforts and the land (for the most part). He still went into town and socialized a bit, but for the most part he observed and learned from the world around him and was profoundly changed. Of course I would hate not having the internet which brings me to my point today.

I prefer to use small ways to make a big positive impact. The biggest little way to affect people is with education. You know – feed a man a fish versus teaching how to fish.

Now, imagine what life would be like without the internet, a library, school, mentors, teachers, books etc. Pretty dismal. There is a project who’s goal is to provide little kids all around the world an opportunity we take for granted.

I lived in Boston for a while. I enviously walked by MIT a few times and felt the intellectual resonance bursting from the campus. “Let me in there” I yearned. Alas, I was not smart enough to be a student there but the desire never diminished. I now can virtually attend some of MIT’s courses online for free. Awesome!

Here’s the reall point today. You may have heard about this program started by the MIT professor, Nicholas Negroponte. ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD. Their goal is one laptop for every child in the world. “These kids are our mission, not our market.” However, the big boys on the computer block have already started trying to undercut and wipe him out. He’s cutting into their “market” of world domination with low or no cost effectiveness.

Imagine what windows are opened to a child that had nothing before and the gets the whole world presented through the internet. Talk about conquering the world! I’m a weirdo. I would literally get thrilled every time I walked into a library and searched for something new. I still do but not as intensely because of the wonderful invention of Al Gore’s (sorry, I couldn’t resist).

This is my pitch – if you want to get and give an everlasting thrill by doing something very small yet very huge, visit this site.

If you choose to participate you will liberate the world, one child at a time. We all can conquer together.

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