Faith Doesn’t Matter

Pushing against the open wound of the nail stuck in his foot, his human body pressed against the shocking pain until his chest was able to gasp and then he released, feeling the choking pressure against his chest.  Beyond the worst day in history, his was the worst life.  No other suffering on earth could begin to even comprehend his bursting heart that bled water and blood at the rejection of his Father, the breaking of the Trinity, perfect holiness carrying the burden of complete sin.

Mary looked on, her mind overcome with what she beheld.  She is the only mother that, rightly, ascended her son to her personal God.  She remembered the miracle of the joy of a virgin birth announced by the Angel Gabriel.  Her marriage with Joseph had forever been bonded with the realization that they had been sent here to raise the God of the Universe.  Her life, her faith, her son, her everything hung in agonizing pain and she could do nothing to relieve him.  Everything was dying here.  Satan had won.

He, literally, stood in heaven in the very presence of God himself.  Lucifer was the director of the choir, spending his days in worship of God Almighty.  His voice, his body, his eternal life was beyond beauty, it was heaven.  He, literally, spent his days in the perfection of heaven.  Lucifer believed in God, as real as anything he had ever seen, touched, or experienced in any capacity.  If there was even this life that he lived, he knew it was created by God that sat upon his throne.  And yet Satan turned.  And he was flung into the fiery pit of Hell.  Even the demons believe, believe in the one true God of the Universe, and their belief does not save them.

My Western culture holds tight to few things, but remaining in the hearts of the vast majority of Western thinkers is the foundation of LIFE, LIBERTY, and the pursuit of HAPPINESS.  And I will take it!  I cling, with those that vary so much from me, to the belief that these ideals have made my home nation who we are today.  We are a people that stop whatever we are doing to fight for freedom, as well we should.  We believe that one life is important, we believe in holding debates and agreeing to disagree, we believe in differing opinions and a different perspective of personal happiness, and we believe in not taking away those rights from our neighbors.  But somewhere along the way, this belief was skewed into the belief of believing:

“Believe whatever you want to believe.”

“It does not matter what you believe, as long as you have enough faith.”

And this is why we see our culture beginning to crumble.  From inside the church, inside the educational system, inside government, and the very core of our foundation:  the family. We are falling apart because we no longer cling to right and wrong, we believe that as long as you believe in something, that is all that matters.  But what if BELIEF DOES NOT MATTER.  Faith is not what saves us.  Even the demons believe and shutter.

If you want a religion of faith, there is none greater than Islam.  Muslims believe so wholeheartedly in the afterlife that parents proudly offer up their children to jihad.  Wealthy husbands leave their life of comfort and their wives and children behind to strap bombs to their chests and die in the fight.  WHY?!  This blows our Western minds!  IT IS BECAUSE OF THEIR FAITH!  It is because they believe more boldly than the majority of Christian believers believe in their God that Allah is going to send them straight to a world of bliss where there will be more pretty girls waiting for them than they can comprehend.  According to the words of the Qua-ran, girls that will never have to blow their nose or menstrate, girls with beautiful dark eyes, girls that can not take their eyes off of their martyr hero.  And these men will have supernatural ability to have sex over and over again.  This is why they want to leave this world as quickly as they possibly can!  Because they have so very much FAITH!

So, why are Westerners running out of the church as soon as they are off to college?  Why are Christian marriages just as likely to end in divorce as any?  Why does our culture now criticize and despise Christians?  Why are followers labeled as hateful as soon as they mention their God?  IT IS BECAUSE FAITH HAS BECOME THE FOCAL POINT OF THE WESTERN CHURCH!

Now, Am I splitting hairs here?  Don’t I, myself, speak of my faith and praise faith?  Yes!  An extremely important side note is that FAITH IS IMPORTANT, FAITH PERFORMS MIRACLES, FAITH IS NECESSARY AND GREAT!  So, what am I complaining about?  And it is this:  Faith is not the most important, LOVE is!

Love is why Jesus nailed himself to the cross.  Love is why Mary will be in heaven even when she lost all faith at the foot of the cross.  The absence of love is why Satan was thrown out of heaven and into eternal damnation.  The absence of love is the leader of jihad.  And the absence of love is why the American church is falling apart.

Love restores marriages.  Love rescues families.  Love gathers people to church (not rules!). Love saves lives!  The only answer is love.

AND THESE THREE REMAIN:  FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE.  BUT THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE.

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19 thoughts on “Faith Doesn’t Matter

  1. As always combative – our lives as Christians require us to be ready for the warfare, the battle between light and darkness.

    Who Satan was or what he becomes is only part of the issue for us as we need to understand that Faith is more than simply believing. Both James and John help us appreciate that we must develop evidence of faith which is a real challenge in a world so self satisfied.

    So is faith necessary? Yes – because by it we are declared righteous. Abram, Lot, Noah and others used their evidence of faith as a foundation for their relationship with God.

    But faith isn’t an attribute as Love is- this Love expressed as our God is more than anything Mary has shown us, only in Jesus do we begin to understand the real depth of love.

    So to the man who died with him who no time to show faith he said – you will be with me in paradise. To the billions promised a resurrection in John 5: 28 and 29 it is not a reward for faith therefore do we need faith today? Yes because right now their is a life and death decision to make and only by exercising faith do we take hold of God’s hand, “Draw Close to God” remember the next part this requires faith – cleanse your hands – we must put what we have learned into action

    Great piece again

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  2. Brilliantly put and very much to the point, though I should probably add (as I work around so many Muslims) that there is a divide between the young, radical hotheads, and the older and wiser generations whom I have heard lamenting the lack of love and wisdom in modern believers (however fierce their belief).

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  3. I am someone who did not grow up in any religion, any church, nothing. I married a Christian but have struggled with all of this. Right now I am just starting to read Crazy Love by Francis Chan. One of the exerpts is: What is the most important commandment? Love.
    Faith is really hard for me. I’ve been called a nihilist although I don’t believe that (joking aside). There are things I do believe in, or believe to be right or wrong, but I have a hard time accepting and believing and having faith in something I’ve never felt or seen. I was asked, well, how do you believe in this or that? I tell them, because I feel it. I’m hoping that the more I dive in to Christianity and God, I will feel something. Thanks for the post.

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    • What I have read from Francis Chan, I LOVE! I have not read that book, but now I am going to seek it out and read it.

      What an amazing attitude you have! And this is the promise of Jesus: seek and you shall find.

      So glad we have “met”

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  4. Faith only matters, when your faith is in the Truth.

    Jesus is the Truth, and He is also the greatest example of love, dying for the very ones who sinned, in essence killing Him.

    True love can only be found and then distributed through our faith in Christ.

    A great theologian once said, “faith alone saves, but saving faith is never alone.”

    That’s true. Saving faith is accompanied with loving works towards our fellow man!

    Faith, in Christ matters, but if that’s all you have and you never display the love He commands to show others.

    I question the ability of your faith to save. And so should you.

    JESUS said “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”~ Matt 7:21-23

    Love Your God and Love your neighbor as yourself , the greatest commandment and the next greatest.

    Faith and love worked out in that faith is what matters and what is missing.

    Indeed, thanks, for the reminder.

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