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The relation of faith to human existence

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#21 Demetrios


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Posted 08 January 2008 - 12:44 AM

mmm...I think the "definition" in Hebrews is not about the expectation of some future event, but rather the substance of life eternal -- here and now. The man of faith lives in eternity, now, or as near as possible to that reality while still in our bodily existence.

And it is the evidence of God's reality. If there were no God, there would be no such thing as faith. Faith is the evidence of God. Faith is the irreducible fact of human existence.

I suppose one could look at it this way too. When I read certain parts of scripture I seem to be getting that faith is in things hoped for, as in future happenings. Such as in this letter.

Titus 1

1Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God's elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness— 2a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 07:59 AM

Dear David,

Just to make things more 'colorful', below are the limits to our bodily eyes unaided. As you can see, 'reality' in terms of our visual perception is limited and often times can be very deceiving.

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Antionios, I was reading about one of the Elders (I can't remember which one now) and even though he was blind he could "see".

And more recently, closer to home, a friend's mother-in-law is 95 and medically her doctor told her she was blind, but somehow she can see. The doctor told the family her will is so strong that she makes herself see.

There are many strange and wonderful things that are beyond our scope of understanding at the moment. In the future there are going to be truly wonderful things discovered that we cannot even imagine now.

Our arrogance as humans makes us think we know everything.


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Posted 08 January 2008 - 08:05 AM

"The nature of faith

Our soul possesses the amazing ability to sense God. Although this awareness of the Divine presence is weak and hazy in a person just beginning to grow spiritually, it gets stronger and becomes more and more conscious with a virtuous way of life. This, in turn, strengthens one's faith in Him, so that the inner feeling of God grows to a strong religious conviction. In such a state, the omnipresence of God, His infinite love and fatherly care are continuously felt and become a source of inner peace and strength.

True faith cannot be satisfied with a cold recognition of God's existence but strives to be in close communion with Him. The believing soul naturally reaches to God, as a sunflower turns toward the sun. In turn, an active relationship with God further strengthens the person's faith, so that his faith becomes a spiritual guide, based on personal experience. In some particularly gifted people faith grows into an all-illumining and constantly inspiring idea, that leads them from this world of vanity into the transcendent world of eternal life. Among such people were the Virgin Mary, Saint John the Baptist, the Apostles John and Paul, and countless saints like Sergius of Radoneszh, Seraphim of Sarov, John of Kronstadt, Herman of Alaska and Blessed Xenia of Petersburg, to name just a few.

The significance of faith in a person's development lies in that it gives proper direction to all his aptitudes and powers. Specifically, it gives clarity and the correct outlook to his intellect, direction and purpose to his will, it ennobles and refines his senses. Faith brings harmony to a person's inner world. It frees one from base earthly interests and leads him into a realm of higher and holier experiences. "

Introduction from F A I T H

— Key to God's Treasury

Bishop Alexander (Mileant)


Well worth reading.

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