Baer: Appealing on the basis of truth
I appeal on the basis of "truth." I do not mean my truth, or a denominational truth but rather the ''truth," which like "level," is universal. There is no place on the planet where water will not determine what is level.
So truth is universally fixed, while men may try to dilute it, warp it, deny it, or destroy, it never changes. Natural laws are only a small portion of this unchanging truth.
Hebrews 11:1 gives us an accurate definition of faith, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
The faith that it is speaking of here does not justify just any belief or system of beliefs in any god. But rather it is substance, tangible and visible evidence; it's a living faith in the one true God who is the creator and sustainer of all things.
I agree that religion, and even a profession of atheism, has become a Band-Aid, a broken crutch that has disappointed many, and has offered blind hope that does not meet the needs of the spirit of man.
Even so-called "Christianity'' by in large has created apathy, and powerlessness in the lives of people, simply because faith has been proclaimed to be something it is not.
This faith is not positive thinking, but rather its surrender to a Father who desires a relationship with us.
All the answers of origin, reason and destiny are found in a relationship with a living Jesus Christ. He is alive. If anything defeats the arrogance of the faulty theory of evolution it is the simple fact that men still deny the very thing that would transport them into the beings they were created to be. Men of faith, worshippers of God, people who would live lives of power through the blood of Jesus Christ.
Who among us would deny the desire for ourselves, our friends, our neighbors, even our global communities to live upright moral lives? We can know right from wrong. This is a gift from your heavenly Father.
Men and women since the beginning of time can bear testimony to the power of God in their lives; they understood that the death of their own carnality became the springboard for true life.
Jesus used this simple reasoning when he said "except a corn of wheat fall to the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit." John 12:24.
Let's not fall into the rut of denial. The Psalmist many years ago wrote in Psalm 14:1 ''The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God". The denial of God and accountability to God is the number one reason people need to make room for their sin. Infidelity in marriage, lying, hate, idolatry etc. and all the attitudinal problems we face, are dealt with in the heart, and the simple question is will I accept help from the King of Kings and Lord of Lords? Or will I simple plod on in willful ignorance to my own destruction and the defeat of my family?
This decision has always existed in the hearts of mankind. Guilt and the feeling of "need to do better'' are gifts from a loving Father who is "not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2Peter 3:9b.
Just choosing what I want to believe does not make something right or wrong, or possible or not. If I chose to believe that I can be what I want to be after I die, that belief would not change the reality. If I deny an afterlife, that does not mean I won't have one, If I deny God exists, that does not change the reality of His existence. If I think I can claim Jesus as my savior and yet live as I please that does not change the fact that he said "ye are my friends if ye do whatsoever I command you." Jo 15:14I can bear testimony to the power of the blood of Jesus to forgive sin, to heal the mind, to bring peace in trial. To grant me the power to live a life of holiness and to give me a living hope of eternal life!
Andrew Baer is a resident of Bennington.
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