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« How does one know if what he believes about God is correct? | Main | Yea, this pretty much paints the picture »

Thursday, December 07, 2006


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An addendum. I had lunch with two co-workers yesterday and shared my son's questions. We had a good discussion. This morning, after reading my response, she had this to say:

Hi Rick,

Thanks for sharing. Well said. You strike me as a very good father. A wise friend of mine once explained that if we did not have hardship, trials, and broken hearts to overcome in our lives then the successes, celebrations and accomplishments just really would not matter that much to us. So, if not for the obscurity of physical proof, why would we even need faith. [Here's a link] to Proverbs 3, which gives an elegant explanation of trusting in the Lord. I’ll be praying for your son as he is seeking and for you as you continue to provide wise counsel. :)


Tim Chesterton

Well said, Rick. I don't think you really needed our help!

I'd be interested to hear your response to Mrs. BH's take on the question, though...

The Anchoress

Rick, well done. Peter knew faith was not something you willed "I believe, help my unbelief." You've written well about grace.

You might really love Thomas Merton. Try The Seven Storey Mountain.


Wow. Amazing response. That faith comes from outside ourselves is a thought I share.


On your note of faith having an external source...something God grants, this is indeed confirmed by scripture.

Each person is given a "measure of faith". Romans 12:3

However, I found something equally interesting in a a handbook, possibly of the Lutheran or Methodist faith but of course I can't find it now. Anyway, in it's stated beliefs, I read something interesting on faith and where they believed it came from--The Holy Spirit/God. And it was the way they put it that struck me. Because so many people try to find it, in a miracle, or a sign perhaps, but it does seem more like something one either has already in some degree, or something that God gives or grants as you said.

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