FROM FAITH TO REASON
by paul hoffmaster
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FROM FAITH TO REASON
It is amazing how with our finite minds we try to understand or explain the responses or non responses of God. It seems human nature has within itself a capacity to challenge anything that does not compute with our carnal minds. Man stands before the infinite God to question His reasoning for allowing certain things to happen or not happen in life. If we do not accept His explanation, given through His Word or by way of human instrumentality, we display our disagreements either by pouting or shouting. For some reason, we believe God owes us an explanation for everything that occurs in life. We proclaim from our limited mind words and phrases like, “Why?” “How come?” “If only.” “Where was God?” “Why didn’t God?” It is during crisis or conflicts, both inner and outer, that many revert from faith pursuers to reason seekers. Some Believers even accept circumstances over the Word. Some question if the Word really means what It says. Different translations are pursued with the hope they will find an escape clause offered by a different rendering of the Scripture.
How have we come to this stage of life where the created demands explanations from the Creator? As prayer was removed from the schools, faith is following the same path in the church. In the schools, it was humanism that superseded God; in the church, it is reason that is pushing out faith. Our Government used to proclaim in God We Trust. It was even evidenced by way of a visual aid displayed upon our money. Now it is the amount on the bill that really matters.
Man has treated God as a “genie.” We want God to do what we say or desire. When our priorities are not acknowledged, we pursue our own ways of gratification and fulfillment. God’s response to this independence is explained in Rom. 1: 24-32. The phrase “God gave them over” is used three times in five verses. In other words, if man pursues his own way, he is responsible for reaping what he sows. When someone wants to act independent of God, that person is an entity unto himself. Whatever happens in his independence, he has no one to blame or praise but himself.
Some Believers today are barely holding on to their faith. The reason this is happening is that their minds are taking precedence over their spirits. The unexplainable things in life are playing a decisive role in their minds. While that is going on, the spirit of man (inner man) is being neglected. When that happens, the Holy Spirit is being grieved and quenched. To fail to understand this is to be drawn away by a carnal undertow into the deepest part of the sea. This is the area where God has thrown our confessed sins, never to remember them again. (Micah 7:19) Those forgiven sins are no longer important to Him. When we dwell on negatives, we are in an area in which God is not interested.
I believe that God chooses to reveal Himself through His people. When the world cries out “Where is God?” we must stand forth and show God in us. We are the representative figure of God. Jesus demonstrated this in saying to Philip “…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father…” (John 14:9) Jesus said we are the light of the world and we are to let our light shine that the world might see (glorify) God. (Matt. 5:14-16)
Why do bad things happen to good and innocent people? Only God has the answer. All I know is that I need to make myself available to the Holy Spirit so He can transpose God’s peace into my questing mind. We must make a decision to either lean on our own understanding, or to stand on the promises of God. We have His promise that He will never leave or forsake us. (Heb. 13:5) When the unspeakable happens, we need to hold on to Him as He leads us beside “the still waters.” (Ps. 23)
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