Friday, December 9, 2011

Faith Vs. Belief

On Wednesday we discussed that John bears witness to the Light so that "all might have faith through Him." John makes the distinction between waiting, watching and witnessing. Witnessing or testifying makes us active participants in being present to, with and in the Light. We discussed that faith as used in the Greek translation, is a verb and "believe" was substituted in the English translation.  This is unfortunate since the biblical concept of "faith" is not the same as "believe."  Faith is "radical trust," an orientation of one's entire being.  "Believe" involves intellectual assent--(like putting a check mark beside every phrase of the Apostles' Creed, then faxing it to heaven.)  The author of the fourth gospel could care less about "intellectual assent." 
He's not into head games.  He's after our commitment.


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