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