FAITH or PRESUMPTION…So Which Is It?
BY: BRAD CULLEN
You can be free of this useless, circular question forever; the challenge, however, is that it takes faith to be free. Hopefully, in the process, we will be able to see that we have to get rid of another useless riddle; and perhaps, in the process we’ll be able to become aware that all riddles are basically useless in the spiritual realm because, like their cousins, conundrums, riddles engage the brain. The brain is a tremendously useful tool in the physical realm, but because of its close association with the ego the brain, along with brain exercises (such as riddles and puzzles, though amusing and useful in the physical realm) can lead us away from faith. Please note that I am not saying that the brain cannot be part of the faith process.
Do you need this for Faith?
To emphasize this point let’s look at what Paul, in his dissertation on a seemingly (therefore, perhaps not) obscure topic of speaking in languages not learned by supposedly natural education, said: “I thank God that I will speak with both my mind and my spirit, and I will sing with both my mind and my spirit.”
Unfortunately the topic of “speaking in tongues” has become so controversial that we miss what should be at least two of the most important parts of his thesis. Here they are (a worthy digression by the way):
“For anyone who speaks in a ‘tongue’ does not speak to men but to God” and “I thank God I speak in tongues more than you all.”
Note: Please remember that “tongues” in this particular passage is making a dual reference to real languages, with real syntax, and “angelic” languages which cannot be understood nor dissected. I was just given this double meaning by SPIRIT, so I refuse to argue about it. I was also told that it was a “worthy digression” which, if you question the worthiness, I, too, questioned “getting off the track,” so to speak.
Now then, back to the topic at hand, how can we know the difference between faith and presumption and what is being said by, “the challenge, however, is that it takes faith to be free.” (?)
Very often I just put what I get from SPIRIT in words with which I am comfortable without using any particular established English translation, but in this instance I was instructed to quote directly from the Amplified Bible and …Jesus’ half-brother James put it this way:
“If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.
“Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind.
“For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord,
“[For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides].”
Our lives can really be made to be so simple …the promise is that God will give you the information you want for you, for today, but you have to go to him in faith to get it. Therefore the answer to the title question, So …Which IS it? (faith or presumption) is available to you, but you are not going to get God’s wisdom by arguing …and I will suggest to you that you are not going to get God’s wisdom for TODAY, NOW, for THIS situation, necessarily, by reading something written as a corrective to somebody else thousands of years ago. The above quote in James was written almost two thousand years ago …so we need to see the fallacy of taking my suggestion farther than how I intended it.
That’s it …I exercised my faith to go to OUR Spirit-Parent SOURCE and received wisdom to quit now. That is, someone could argue, how I interpreted the message with my brain. So then, how will you interpret it for you? You can discuss the point with me, which only God knows whether that would be productive for you …to get God’s answer, go directly to the SOURCE.
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