Editor's note - This column was originally published in The Times and Democrat in April 2016.
Today we require most things to be proven. Remember long division, and then prove it by long multiplication. Many things in our lives need proof; religion is one example. Many do not believe there is a God because His existence cannot be proven. However, the converse also true; you cannot prove God does not exist, either. It would seem we only want proof when we do not want to know the truth. An unfavorable doctor's diagnosis most often warrants a second opinion.
Some say they do not have “faith," but this is not true. Faith is exercised daily. Do I have power to cook breakfast? Will the car start? We take medicines not knowing how they work. Like it or not, we have faith; it depends how we choose to use it. Belief is a choice. It is our personal decision to choose what we believe; we can choose to believe that which is wrong.
Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible. Doubt sees the obstacles; faith sees the way. Doubt sees the darkest night; faith sees the day. Doubt dreads to take a step; faith soars on high. Doubt questions who believes; faith answers, “I!" Life follows faith like night follows day.
There is no life without faith. (1 Peter 3:13) - “And who (is) he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?” 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 explains: “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
Being a follower of good is what Jesus came to teach us, and He set the example. By lifestyle and word, He went about doing good: love one's neighbor; go the second mile; look after the widows and orphans; love them that hate you. Even on the cross of His death, Jesus prayed for his enemies, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do."
Can you even imagine how our neighborhoods would be if we all lived by what we call the "Golden Rule." Today, our world is in turmoil. There are so many out to kill or destroy one another. Nations have been in conflict for centuries. Surely, this is not what we desire. How can it change? "One at the time," was Jesus' command as he ascended into heaven. Matthew 28:18-20 (HCSB) - 18) "Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19) Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20) teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
My dear Christian friend, do you believe? It is your choice to follow Jesus and obey Him or not. I ask you humbly, will there be others living the Christian life here on earth and headed to eternity in Heaven with Jesus because YOU shared the love of God and the Gospel of Jesus with them?"
Time is short. Live a believing life daily as God would have.