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Daily Devotional – August 29

A couple of weeks ago I heard a statement I have heard many times in my life:

“It’s not really important what you believe, just so you believe.”

Any time I hear this statement it reminds me of a scene in James M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” where the children and Peter are in the nursery and the children want to fly. 

“I say, how do you do it?” asked John, rubbing his knee. He was quite a practical boy.“You just think lovely wonderful thoughts,” Peter explained, “and they lift you up in the air.”

Many adults believe this, that if they believe “strong” enough in anything it makes everything alright and they will reach their final destination intact. 

Hate to bring one back to earth, but having faith in the wrong thing is not only unfruitful, it may be potentially dangerous. 

On 9/11 men with faith in “something” flew jets into the world trade center killing thousands of innocents.  On a regular basis, Palestinians who have faith in “something” strap bombs to their small children and send them into crowded market places. 

While it is important to believe, it is more important WHAT you believe.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

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August 29, 2006 - Posted by | Daily Devotional

5 Comments »

  1. You are 100% correct. It is very important to know what people believe and why they believe it. Anyone can say I believe in God, but you have to be careful. You have to listen to what they are really saying, and ask why they believe that, and most of all ask them to show you in the scriptures how they came to that conclusion.

    Comment by Les | August 29, 2006 | Reply

  2. On one hand, I agree completely. But on the other hand, it’s not that simple. WHAT we believe is important. But WHAT we believe grows and changes as we grow. Christians change denominations and churches within denominations for stupid reasons (like fights), practical reasons (like they moved or a better youth program), and because they have changed their minds about WHAT they believe (doctrine or theology). As we read and study, we change. Thus, “having faith in the wrong thing” may be unfruitful, but it is not “stupid.” People also convert from one religion to another, as they change their minds. On Mars Hill, people were corrected—shown Who the Unknown God they worshipped is—but not called “stupid.” It is not WHAT we believe as much as WHOM we believe that matters. WHOM is the foundation of Christian faith. The way I understand it, all Christians beleive that Jesus Christ is the Savior. Jesus is the WHOM. None of us have arrived and have all of the WHAT figured out. And “stupid” is just a poor word choice, Jack. 🙂 What about “ignorant”?

    Comment by Helen Losse | August 29, 2006 | Reply

  3. Oops, absolutely right, Helen. I need to change that!

    Les, thanks for dropping by the Berean! Look forward to your visits and comments!

    -j

    Comment by bereans | August 29, 2006 | Reply

  4. P.S. Helen, I dropped you an email at your triad email account. 🙂

    Comment by bereans | August 29, 2006 | Reply

  5. Absolutely agreed, what you believe is important. Because it does go beyond yourself, and even religion for that matter- and it affects how you relate and interact with others on a day to day basis.

    There is one thing I know, and strangely enough, I learned it from “Children of The Corn;” the horror movie about Satan-worshiping children who take over a small Nebraska town and murder all the adults. There is a scene toward the end of the movie when Peter Horton- the co-protagonist- is surrounded by the children and screams out at them that, “any religion that does not preach love and compassion IS no religion.” That is something that has always stood out with me since the first time I saw that movie when I was 15. And it is absolutely true.

    Killing yourself in order to kill as many others as possible is not a means of eternal life/salvation- that is false justification for nefarious acts. That is not love and compassion.

    Comment by chickenhawk | August 31, 2006 | Reply


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