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What DO we believe? Lesson 5 (page 1)

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Since we all want to please God, let us look into what faith is and how we can acquire this important ingredient necessary to please him.

Everything that we hear or see is filtered through our minds like a super fast computer. It has to filter through our knowledge and through all of our past experiences. People who have been hurt in the past by someone in leadership have a hard time trusting leadership.

We, here in America, have a harder struggle with faith than people in foreign lands. Most Americans know more about medicine and health care than the doctors did only a few decades ago. When we ask for healing, immediately, our mind goes to work on the negatives. Our mind processes the seriousness of the disease and others that have had the same disease and have had a bad outcome and this hinders our faith.. This is the reason that we hear about great healings and miracles in foreign lands, especially among the poor. These people have the child like faith that we must have in order to see great miracles.

Matthew 18:3   And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

I believe Paul is saying that faith is something that we want or need very badly, but, see no way possible to have it.

It is like needing some money, but the bank has turned you down for a loan. You can not think of anyone to co-sign a note for you and can think of no one that would loan you the money. The money is something you want or need or hope for, but there is no evidence present that you can see how you can obtain the money.

This is where faith comes in. The problem is that you are looking at the need through natural eyes. Let us examine the need through faith.

Job 26:7 He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.

Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Psalms 33:6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

God is the source of all knowledge. He allows doctors to help in the healing process of their patients. He made everything that all of the medicines comes from. God allowed Moses to participate when "The Wind of God" parted the Red Sea. God allowed Joshua to participate in the collapse of the walls of Jericho. He allowed Gideon and a few good obedient men to participate in destroying several armies of the enemies of Israel that were camped in a valley waiting to attack Israel. All Gideon and his men had to do was to break some lamps and shout. God put confusion in the enemy's camp and they destroyed each other. God does the heavy lifting. He always has and always will.

In the book of Genesis 1:1, God created the heaven and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. The account of creation in our World Book Encyclopedia states that the earth came from a black hole, it had no form and nothing could live on it. This much of science pretty much goes along with the Bible account of creation.

Let us look further at the similarities. The Bible states, "In the beginning." It does not state when that beginning was. God is from Everlasting to Everlasting; and since he created the heaven and earth in the beginning, the earth would have to be very, very old. Science states it may be as much as 450 billion years. I see nothing in the Bible account to refute this statement. The sun, moon and stars were not created until the fourth period of creation, (Genesis 1:14). They were made for seasons, days and years. Until then there was NO measurement of time except God's time.

The Hebrew word YOM is the same as the English word day; however, in addition to these meanings, a 24 hour day, the time between sunrise and sunset, an indefinite period of time, (such as we sometime state, "in his day"); it can also mean an indefinite period of time climaxed by a certain event. I feel this is the reason that the statement at the end of each period of creation ends with the event that was the climax of that period of time. "God said, let there be light and there was light.---- And the evening and the morning were the first day." Why would the first day start in the evening unless the dawn of creation was before, even God, started any measurement of time?

If you believe God made the heaven and the earth in 6 days of 24 hour periods that is not the important thing I am driving at. I believe he could have spoke them all into existence in a millisecond. The main point is, He was the Creator!

Science states that creation all started with a vapor of gas. The Bible states in Psalms 33:6 "By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the BREATH of his mouth." Hebrews 11:3, "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things that are seen were not made of things which do appear." This world and everything herein were made from nothing. God simply spoke them into existence!

Evolution is only a theory. I highly disagree with science on their theory of things evolving and man evolving from monkeys. On any contradiction we must believe the irrefutable Word of God.

Genesis 1:11 states, "And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after its kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so." I also state that it will always be so. You can plant an orchard with pears, apples, plumbs and all manner of fruits, and every tree will yield fruit after it's kind. A pear tree will never bear apples. Even though a pear tree and an apple tree stands side by side, when you plant their seed, the tree that comes up will be after its kind. These plants were made even before God made the Sun, so you do not need sunlight to grow plants. You only need God!

The fourth day or period of time God created the sun, moon and stars. Before that time the earth floated somewhere in space without anything to control it's actions except God. It even brought forth plants before there was a sun! What a mighty God we serve! He controlled the earth while it was floating in space; however, we, as mankind, have a hard time trusting him to control us. Our lives would be a lot better and certainly more beneficial to His Kingdom and others if we would ask God to run us by his remote control system and then allow him to do so.

Genesis 1:20, tells that during the fifth day of creation God created fish and certain fowls from the sea. God brought them forth, after their kind. This is probably where science gets the erroneous idea that all creation came from the sea.