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god's fingerprint :: the secret of what we are Within

March 21, 2007

question :: how powerful is man apart from god? do we have power to act on our own behalf spiritually?

i have always found it interesting that jesus constantly told people whom he healed ::

your faith has made you whole.

not *your faith in me* has made you whole

or *your faith in god* has made you whole

or *because of your faith* god has (i have) made you whole

no, he says your faith has made you whole :: as in *in-and-of itself*

it is such a huge part of jesus’ message as to be almost impossible to miss.

yet christianity as a whole not only seems to miss it . . .

. . . i’d bet a good deal that they’d even go so far as to name such doctrine *heresy*

another question :: is it reasonable to assume that god, as our creator, knows our potential?

the following verse is from genesis chapter 11 (verse 6).

it is god’s reaction to the tower mankind has gathered to build in the generations after the flood (in the place that would be called babel after their languages were confused)

The LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they begin to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them“.

(from the nasb-arguablly the most literal of the english translations of the bible in existence today)

and then, of course, he did the language whammy and seperated everyone.

it is his stated reason for doing so that is telling.

he sees man’s potential.

acknowledges that potential.

and then nips it in the bud (presumablly because man’s imagination apart from god will lead him down lethal paths, blah, blah, blah).

according to the bible :: god made us what we are. more than that, he made us what he is (ie-in his likeness)

i think perhaps it is our own fear that causes us to deny the extent of what he has made us to be and to achieve.

or we have been taught to deny it for the fear of others.

but i wonder.

i really wonder.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Crystal permalink
    March 22, 2007 10:36

    Perhaps this is why I am so faithless, but I always smack up against reality when it comes to our potential, both by ourselves and when combined with God.

    For all those people whose faith has made them whole, there are countless others for whom faith does nothing (in the physical sense).

    That is usually easily dispensed with by saying that it’s all in God’s plan and the rain falls equally on the just and the wicked, but I think that just sidesteps the issue.

    Sure, maybe God has a reason, but what is that reason? To say that we cannot understand God’s reasoning is to discount the potential that God has given us, which you spoke of.

    The scriptures say that eternal life is to know God. I don’t think eternal life begins with death. I think God has given us the potential to know Him (really know Him) in the here and now, but you are right.

    There’s something that holds us back.

  2. March 23, 2007 00:03

    aye. perhaps we hold ourselves back. perhaps it is our adversary. perhaps it is sin itself. perhaps it is all of these.

    *shrug*

    i have a head full of speculation, but very few actual answers.

  3. March 23, 2007 01:15

    your faith has made you whole.

    not *your faith in me* has made you whole

    or *your faith in god* has made you whole

    or *because of your faith* god has (i have) made you whole

    no, he says your faith has made you whole :: as in *in-and-of itself*

    Funny you should post this. My current non-teenagerly read deals with this, a lot. (Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes) I think you’re spot-on about the “faith alone thing.” We can’t accomplish something if we can’t envision it. And vision requires a certain amount of faith, even if it’s merely the faith to see something as possible.

    As for Crystal’s point, there are a few schools of thought on that. First, if faith didn’t heal (whatever condition), there wasn’t enough faith. I think there is a certain amount of truth to that. I think doubt interrupts faith, and can sabotage it. Doubt is an after-effect of fear, and fear, I think, is the greatest evil.

    I think that God’s reason (of doing things that are questionable of a good God) is to provide man a pathway to perfection, or the perfect realization of the God-spark within us. (Forgive me if this makes no sense, I just looked at the time). But just as a perfect sword requires much tempering, a perfect realization of God is not an easy process.

    But that’s just my two cents.

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