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ASAP Faith
by Bruce Newman
01/15/08
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The headline of a news report I just read says Dozens Report Seeing UFO.

“In this farming community where nightfall usually brings clear, starry skies, residents are abuzz over reported sightings of what many believe is a UFO.”

Ok. No big deal. People have been seeing these things for many years. In fact if you check into it such sightings actually go back a few hundred years. Interesting thing is that back then people saw UFO’s in the technology available in their day. So if somebody saw a UFO in the 1800’s they saw something with designs confined to the period. Yeah, very, very interesting. But a whole other story, perhaps the one we should be talking about.

First, it doesn’t make sense to say, “…of what many believe is a UFO”. If you see something flying in the sky that you can’t identify as an airplane, bird or anything else, it is an unidentified flying object. All it means is that it flies and you don’t know what it is. Now, it may be identified later. Mystery solved. If not, it simply remains unidentified. Nobody has ever proven that even the wildest of these sightings is actually an alien spacecraft, as cool as it might seem for that to happen. Yet, read this I copied off the web.

“Unidentified flying objects or UFOs refer to spacecrafts that are not readily identifiable.”

That’s simply not true. You don’t have to take my word for it. If you call it a spacecraft, you've just identified it. Simple logic tells you that, if you identify it, it’s no longer a UFO. It’s just a FO now. What this tells us is that a faith is speaking, not a settled argument. Nothing wrong with faith. You can’t please God without it. But just any kind of faith won’t do in that regard.

Christians are often accused of “blind faith’. And, truth be told, many called Christian need to do a thorough house cleaning when it comes to what they think of as faith. Yet, how can people accuse Christians of holding a faulty faith while they are ready to call something completely unidentified a spacecraft because that’s what they want it to be? Talk about blindness.

What has happened is that people have slipped into using a label that doesn’t reflect what they mean. It’s just like when people say something like, “I need that on my desk ASAP.” What they mean is that they want it now, even though ASAP means “as soon as possible”, which may not be until the next day. When labels don’t match what is said, a vacuum of meaning is created into which is sucked a whole lot of confusion and, worst of all, false faith.

We can’t change the world. But each one of us can take the time to think about what we’re saying and quit acting as if speaking is an express lane proposition. After all, when everybody wants to see the UFO ASAP, they tend to see what they want to see. And when we see what we want to see that’s when we fail to see what we should see.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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