RE: Faith (was RE:)

From: Don Perrett (
Date: Thu May 02 2002 - 03:49:11 EDT

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    Wayne wrote: We have been asked to simply have faith and it would seem that
    (given true), God rewards the faithful somehow. It seems to me
    the problem is where (or perhaps even how) to draw the line. It's
    like the difference between being persistent and being stubborn.
    In many ways they are the same, but the context makes all the
    difference. Likewise faith and delusion.

    Don P:Good point. I feel for you.

    So I guess then a factor to weigh is if my faith is mere
    delusion, then what is the best way to make the best fruit
    out of my own delusion. I guess I have in a sense made up
    my mind that "I'm going on in Jesus' name" even if it means
    "going through the storm of blinding rain", but I certainly
    would not insist that words on a page can only be read one
    way. It also makes me less likely to say that 99% of the
    Japanese I see will go to hell and maybe it will be me who
    comes back as a slug, king roach, or whatever.

    Don P: As for reincarnation, if you do the good deeds of a Christian, then
    you won't end up a bug anyway, even by Buddhist standards. On the other
    hand, if you follow the Buddhist and end up on the wrong side of God your
    doomed. Trust me, I'm half Asian and my grandmother's a Buddhist. Point is,
    regardless of what one believes, you can't go wrong with the God of Abraham.

    I wonder, _does_ it weaken a man's character to admit that he
    could be wrong and live accordingly and is living accordingly
    being out of faith? Assumed absolutes are much easier to
    latch onto than savvy speculations, and I sense that this
    is at the heart of why the YEC position so easily persists.

    Don P: Exactly. Making distinctions is hard, but this is what we are
    supposed to do. This takes time. Studying God's word takes time and keeps us
    from the evil. Idle hands, Idle minds.

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