Archive for Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Issue of faith

November 19, 2008


To the editor:

Concerning the Faith Forum article of Nov. 15 on not believing (or having no faith) in God, Hebrews 11:6 (NEV) says, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” Further, Hebrews 10:38 says, “But My righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”

Romans 1:18-22 amplifies this displeasure, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”

The result is summed up in John 3:16-18 for those who believe and those who don’t, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”

Carl E. Burkhead,


grimpeur 7 years ago

All hail the flying spaghetti monster! Bless his saucy meatballs!

tjayhawk 7 years ago

Right On, Carl! A straight-forward simple answer to a complex question that is currently on the hearts of men and women. The gospel of Jesus Christ is honest and simple. Why do religious leaders feel they have to complicate the truth? I suppose that is a question for another day.

Ragingbear 7 years ago

What type of pathetic individual needs a reason to be a good person?

gr 7 years ago

"People who maintain deep faith in things for which there is no evidence are deluded;"And can you personally establish that life came from spontaneous generation and that that life evolved into humans?But yet, do you have deep faith in it even though no scientific experiments have proven that has happened?

dandelion 7 years ago

Why not get angry at people who use the Bible out of context and claim to be believers? There was an email going around right before the election that the book of Revelations (should have been Revelation) stated that the anti Christ would be a man in his 40's of Islamic descent. Many good "Christians" were passing this around, but they obviously had never read their own book, because it doesn't say anything like that. And this book was written before the religion of Islam was established. I have no problem with people's beliefs or non-beliefs. Just quit dismissing people as evil, because they don't share your beliefs. I have met many very generous, moral atheists in my life. So if you say non believers are evil, and evidence proves you wrong, then all of your beliefs become suspect.

storm 7 years ago

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son..." Ugh. Child abuse.

jonas_opines 7 years ago

What happens if you have no faith or don't believe in the Bible?a: You're not likely to be swayed by evidence solely based within the Bible.

Romans832 7 years ago

Ragingbear says:What type of pathetic individual needs a reason to be a good person?Faith does not give you a "reason" to be a good person, it gives you the ability. Any good that we do BC is "filthy rags." Faith transforms the heart, and with a new heart, we act differently. We don't always act right or godly (at least I don't), but we are a work in progress.

slang4d 7 years ago

"Faith transforms the heart, and with a new heart, we act differently." What exactly is faith? It's in your mind- it's something you have created. You can BE anything you want, you control your actions and your perceptions. There isn't some invisible force that creates a "new heart" or makes people different, YOU CHOOSE to be that way.

slang4d 7 years ago

"And can you personally establish that life came from spontaneous generation and that that life evolved into humans?"Are you seriously disputing the theory of evolution? I will personally pay for you to take a critical thinking class, you obviously need it. Can you personally establish some kind of truth behind the totally absurd stories in the bible? It's a work of fiction. An ok read if you're really bored, but pretty much meaningless.

Confrontation 7 years ago

You lose credibility when you start quoting works of fiction.

dipweed 7 years ago

So are all the millions of non-Christians doomed to burn in hell forever Mr Burkhead? Maybe their religion is the 'correct' one and you are doomed.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 7 years ago

"For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them." What God has shown me would seem to fly in the face of the blatant condemnation expressed in three excerpts, above.

Strontius 7 years ago

I fail to understand why an entire LTE needed to be written when the response: "You will go to Hell" would have sufficed completely. And lets be clear on this point: If you are a Christian, you have to accept that people go to Hell for simply not sharing belief in God AND accepting Jesus' death as the method by which you achieve salvation. That's the entire point behind Christianity, but that seems to be increasingly lost on people who call themselves "Christians" in which the word "Christ" (meaning savior) is central. What exactly do people think Jesus supposedly was saving humanity from to deserve the title "Christ"? I've spoken with too many Christians that believe non-Christians still can get into Heaven. Sorry, but that's not Christianity. If that belief isn't too your liking, then I might suggest you go one step further and explore the possibility that religion is basically fictitious and invented by humans. I really wish Christians would actually READ the Bible. Because frankly, we need more atheists in the world.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 7 years ago

Quite the contrary... what the world needs is more agnostics.Atheists are "theists"... in degree of belief.

tjayhawk 7 years ago

If so many of you believe that the Bible is a "work of fiction", then why are you so defensive in response to someone who has faith to believe in a biblical belief. It always amazes me that so many are so quick to be critical of a person voicing a biblical belief. Could it be that they are truly people of faith and they don't want to be confronted by a truth that could be different then their belief.Being confronted by truth will always make a person defensive and uncomfortable if they are living in a lie.

gr 7 years ago

"Are you seriously disputing the theory of evolution?"You accept one idea just because you object to the alternative?Not sure that's critical thinking....

Confrontation 7 years ago

Just keep telling yourself that, tjayhawk.

gr 7 years ago

Is Confrontation confronted with uncomfortableness?Is it possible there could be a Creator God?

Left_handed 7 years ago

Strontius,Christ is Greek for Messiah, which means "annointed one". If one accepts that God is the creator and that He became flesh to pay for our sins, then it's easy to believe that He (Jesus) is the only way to salvation. If you believe the bible, you must believe that. I do, and I do.

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