Hugh’s News & Views (What I Believe . . .)

WHAT I BELIEVE AND WHY I BELIEVE IT

The apostle Peter wrote: “[B]ut sanctify in your hearts Christ as Lord: being ready always to give answer to every man that asketh you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, yet with meekness and fear” (I Peter 3:15, American Standard Version).

These words are directed to every Christian, and every Christian has an obligation to know what he believes and why he believes it and to effectively communicate that belief to others “with meekness and fear (humility, reverence, respect, hf).” In fulfillment of that divine requirement I set forth below some of the fundamental things I believe and why I believe them. They are stated succinctly with relevant scripture citations given to back up my reasons for believing them. I respectfully ask my readers to check the scripture references for what they say about the matters mentioned. Continue reading

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An Explanation of Belief

In a small town (village) was a young woman, the age of which is unknown, but perhaps as young as her early to mid-teen years. She had a character that stood before all who paid any attention, and certainly the Lord did (Luke 1:30). Her name was Mary, and Mary did not have to be the way the Holy Spirit described her to be, but she chose a path in life that was above the paths many lived.

About 6 months after the grand (and divine) visit with Zacharias, Gabriel visited Mary in the small town of Nazareth. No doubt, Mary was startled by such a visit and, presumably, in a location that had privacy all around “he” visits with her. Frightened, perplexed, and confused, the angel reassured her because she was “blessed among women” (Luke 1:28). “What manner of visit could this be?” she asked.

What the Lord’s messenger said was humbly received with the grace by which she lived her life. That which the angel told her was fantastic to be sure. She would carry a child in her womb, a son; more than that, the child would sit on the throne of David, the great patriarch and loved servant of the Lord (Luke 1:33-34). Though she did not know how this could be, she not once expressed doubt but that it could be!

The angel explained to her how this would come about, and just as she did not understand the “mechanics” of it then, we do not now understand today. She accepted this, and moreover, the angel gave her a sign, telling her about her relative Elizabeth now being six months pregnant. Can you imagine the joy at such news! Yet, there was a natural, physical problem. Joseph.

For three months she stayed with Elizabeth (Luke 1:56). I wonder if they talked about how to handle that situation (among the great many things a grandmotherly aged woman would teach to a very young woman). Mary knew, being raised in a strict Jewish environment, that people would note her pregnancy and that she and Joseph were not “officially” married, having consummated that union. Imagine her apprehension; yet, Joseph came to know (Matthew 1:18-19), but how he came to know is untold to us. Perhaps Mary broke the news to him, but the fantastic nature of such a thing seemed much too extraordinary to believe, much less accept.

Not only was Mary a young woman of great virtue, but there was something in Joseph that was equally the same, for the Holy Spirit called him a “righteous man” (Mt. 1:19), and because both were righteous in the Lord’s eyes, to these two the Savior was brought into the world.

Truly, a time for thanksgiving.

#belief, #gabriel, #mary, #virgin-birth, #virtue

Don’t Miss the Power

And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.” (John 21:25 – NKJV)

Were a thousand more books written only a thousand more accusations and doubts would they bring…if one refuses to believe what we have then a thousand more would do not different.

And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:30-31 – NKJV)

A thousand books could do no more than the one we hold in our hands…if only we realize the power that it contains.

#belief, #bible, #gospel-according-to-john, #jesus, #salvation

Religion

A system of rules, conduct and belief that allows man to feel plugged into a world that, without it, is pointless, terrifying, and beyond his control and understanding.

#belief, #philosophy, #religion

The most misued word in the Bible

My vote for the #1 and #2 misused words in the Bible are “believe” and “faith”. Entire denominational doctrines have been built around a non-scriptural definition of these words. Biblical saving faith or belief is not a mere mental assent that Jesus is the son of God and came to save us. James 2 provides an excellent commentary on this whole matter.

#belief, #believe, #faith

Is God A Liar?

Calling God a liar is a very serious matter. Who, in their right mind, would do such a thing as that? According to Scripture, those guilty of calling God a liar are all those who have not believed in His Son, Jesus. Perhaps you say to yourself, “That does not include me.” On the contrary, it very much includes you if you are not living your life for the Lord. Living life for the Lord is obeying His commands, and living the life He wants you to live (cf. Jeremiah 10:23; Proverbs 14:12). It does not mean that you, simply, have accepted His existence and note that He is the Savior. It means much more than that. “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you” (John 15:14, NKJV).

#belief, #commands, #liar

Do I Like To Travel?

Do I like to travel? No, not any more – can’t afford to travel. I got all of my traveling done when I was in the US Air Force. I went to the Far West (Okinawa, Japan, Thailand) and the Far East (England, France, Germany), and that’s about as “far” as I want to go. When I was in high school, my family took a trip to Canada and one summer, my music teacher and I went on a trip to the northern, eastern and southern part of the United States. So, I’ve just about seen it all. My grandmother once told me, “Mike, when you’ve seen one mountain, you’ve seen ’em all.” The older I get, the more I believe she was right.

#belief, #east, #high-school, #teacher, #travel, #trip, #west

Belief is truth held in the mind; faith …

Belief is truth held in the mind; faith is a fire in the heart.

Joseph Fort Newton

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Many Believed in His Name

“Many people believed in his name because they saw the signs he was doing. But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people” (John 2:23-24).

John basically tells his readers that many believed in Jesus, but he did not believe in them. Why? Does this statement prepare us for additional encounters with shallow believers? Such as, “the disciples who quit following Jesus” (6:60-71); “the Jews who had believed in him” (8:31-59); “those who believed, but because of fear, would not confess their belief” (12:42), etc.

What do you think?

#belief, #faith, #jesus, #john