The dictionary gives the meaning of faith as belief without proof.
So why so many people set out to change the nature of Christianity
by proving it is true, is beyond me.
one person has produced the proof then it ceases to be faith.
A great number
of the benefits promised in the Bible are accrued through faith
alone. So I am yet to find a document or doctrine that promotes
better options than the Bible.
It seems that
all that is left outside of Christianity is faith in one's self.
All those I have met so far who have great faith in themselves also
have poor judgement and no escape clause. Having decided to trust
the teaching of the Bible as a basis of my faith I have had to fight
my way through the proliferation of unadulterated rubbish that flows
out the mouths of those who profess to teach us what it all means.
I strongly recommend
that you look around and find someone who is trying (as far as they
are able) to actually "do the stuff" that is promoted
in this fine publication. Then spend time with them, copy them,
mimic them, try "doing the stuff" too. You will make a
lot of messes but remember values are caught not taught.
the great social engineers of our time who would use our education
system to teach their values and change our world.
passage motivated me to get out of a very comfortable place of caring
for my own and take some risks, make a few mistakes and provide
for our society what I was capable of providing.
I find the motivation
comfortable and the energy abundant to perform when I have an unwavering
belief that one day I will be called to account for what I was given.
Believe me I have been given enormous gifts in many areas of life,
far far more than I could ever earn.
it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted
his property to them;
15 To one
he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according
to his ability. Then he went away.
16 The one
who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with
them, and made five more talents.
17 In the
same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents.
18 But the
one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the
ground and hid his master's money.
a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts
20 Then the
one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five
more talents, saying, 'Master, you handed over to me five talents;
see, I have made five more talents.'
21 His master
said to him, 'Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been
trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things;
enter into the joy of your master.'
22 And the
one with the two talents also came forward,
saying, 'Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have
made two more talents.'
23 His master
said to him, 'Well done, good and trustworthy
slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you
in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'
24 Then the
one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, 'Master,
I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow,
and gathering where you did not scatter seed;
25 So I was
afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have
what is yours.'
26 But his
master replied, 'You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that
I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter?
27 Then you
ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return
I would have received what was my own with interest.
28 So take
the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents.
29 For to
all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance;
but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken
30 As for
this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there
will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.