Move Forward in Faith

18 Nov

FootbalCoin Flipl finally makes “cents!”

A guy took his girlfriend to her first football game. They had great seats right behind their team’s bench. After the game, he asked her how she liked the experience.

“Oh, I really liked it,” she replied, but I just couldn’t understand why they were killing each other over 25 cents.”

Dumbfounded, her date asked, “What do you mean?”

“Well,” she said, “they flipped a coin, one team got it, and then for the rest of the game, all they kept screaming was, ‘Get the quarterback! Get the quarterback!’ I’m like … hello-o-o-o-o-o… it’s only 25 cents!”

I (Dawn) identify. Pam understands football, but I’m totally embarrassed that I don’t understand football, in spite of my husband’s many attempts to explain “downs.” I chalk that up to two sons who only played baseball, basketball, volleyball, and soccer. (But I have to admit that I still enjoy watching football, because I get wrapped up in particular players’ lives.)

There are other things I don’t understand in life, but that doesn’t keep me from moving forward. I don’t understand how a heavy-duty jet can glide through the clouds, but I still plop down money for plane flights. I also don’t understand everything about God, but that doesn’t keep me from trusting Him. He is, after all, the Creator. I figure He knows what He’s doing.

Everyone takes some things on faith. In a deep defense of faith, I read about two terms I’d never heard of before: Contingent and Non-Contingent Faith. If you want some deep reading, this is deep!

Simply put, Contingent Faith is instinctive trust. It’s the kind of faith tiny babies have in their mothers, and it is the pattern for how we interpret new situations. But Non-Contingent Faith is the faith of theism (the belief in the existence of God or gods). Christianity is based on the Word of God and the existence of God. The Bible talks about this second kind of faith in Hebrews 11:1: “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” It is the faith that has “hope for what we do not see” (Romans 8:24-25) and we wait for that hope with great expectation!

What is the essence of Christian Faith? In short, Christianity teaches that God created all that is seen and unseen (Gen. 1:1-2:3); (2) Jesus is the Son of God and He is one with God, part of the Holy Trinity (John 10:30; 15:26; Matt. 28:19); (3) Jesus, born of a virgin, was conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:18); (4) Jesus suffered, was crucified, died, was buried, and rose again (the Resurrection) to save sinners (Matt. 27:23-60John 20; 1 Cor. 15; 1 Tim. 1:15); (5) He ascended into Heaven (Mark 16:19-20); (6) He will return to judge the living and the dead (Matt. 24:30; John 5:28-29; 2 Tim. 4:1-3); and (7) Salvation is only in Jesus Christ (Rom. 10:9-12; John 3:16-18; 3:36; Acts 4:12).

I believe these things, because the Word of God says they are true. It is the “substance” of my hope for all eternity. I don’t understand it all ~ especially how God granted me such grace ~ but I am thankful I am secure in His hands! Aren’t you?


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