Sunday, August 8, 2010

Taking the Plunge of Faith

Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio

I recently visited Italy, Spain, and France and was reminded of the religious contrast between America and Europe. In Europe, large numbers of people consider themselves agnostics or even atheists.

In America, something like 95% of the population believes that God exists. Nearly as high a percentage also believes that there is a life after death and that people are rewarded or punished by God in the next life based on how they lived this life.

So does that mean that there is a higher level of Christian faith in America than in Europe? Not necessarily. Because true faith entails a whole lot more than belief.

Hebrews 11 is one of the classic places in the Bible that discusses the nature of faith. “Without faith,” says the author, “it is impossible to please him.” Certainly such faith includes and presupposes convictions about things that can’t be seen or proven. “Whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him (Hebrews 11: 6)"...Read it all

--->Not alone, with God. The Desert Fathers

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