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Weak Faith

Monday, July 28th, 2008

I was blessed recently in coming across this quotation of Henry Venn. I suspect many of us need to be reminded that a weak faith is still an effectual faith, for it is based on Jesus. Read, rejoice, and share!

“Weak faith seeks salvation only in Christ, and yields subjection to him, and brings the soul to His feet, though without assurance, of being as yet saved by him. There is not one duty a weak believer slights. Weak faith is attended with sorrow and humiliation; as in his case he said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.’ It produces new desires and affections, new principles and purposes, and a new practice, though not in such strength and vigor as is found in old established believers. Ask the weakest and most disconsolate believer, whether he would forsake and give up his hope in Christ; and he will eagerly reply, ‘Not for the whole world!’ There is, therefore, no reason why weak believers should conclude against themselves; for weak faith unites as really with Christ as strong faith, just as the least bud in the vine draws sap and life from the root no less than the strongest branch. Weak believers, therefore, have abundant cause to be thankful; and while they reach after growth in grace, ought not to overlook what they have already received.” Henry Venn, Letter, 1784.

To learn more about having a strong faith, search out the many resources on living more abundantly in Jesus at path2prayer.com. You will be encouraged reading about Christian assurance in Ryle’s chapter on the same subject from his book Holiness.

The Folly of Unbelief

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.”

From time to time I receive from well-meaning friends forwards regarding believing in God. There is one particular forward about a student being challenged about the existence of God by an atheist professor, who suggested that if God REALLY existed the chalk would be able to fall to the ground without breaking (as I recall), which it DID (which is so encouraging I guess).

I am sure you know the forward I am referring to. It’s a good story and has undoubtedly encouraged many to belief more in God–particularly if they happen to be Christians.

I came across the following story with the additional thoughts from an old publication which I thought makes the case well–perhaps better. What do you think?

“The story is told of an astronomer whose friend denied the existence of God. In order to show him the folly of his unbelief, the astronomer obtained a globe of the starry heavens, and placed it in the room where they were seated. On seeing it, his friend inquired where he got so beautiful a globe, and who was the maker.

“It was not made.” answered the astronomer, “it came into existence of itself.”

“You are jesting,” said his friend; “that is impossible.”

The astronomer answered: “My dear sir, you will not accept my word for it that this small body originated of itself, or came by chance, and yet you contend that those heavenly bodies of which this is but an inferior representation, came into existence without a Master-power of design.” As he pursued this line of reasoning, the atheist saw and acknowledged the absurdity of his own position.

“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God,” but he can advance no evidence to sustain his claims; he can only take the position of an objector to the purposes of an all-wise God. Atheism can shed no ray of light into the grave. It cannot restrain crime or quicken the moral energies. It has no power to elevate the character or purity the soul. On the contrary, it always tends to degenerate the human race; it leads away from purity and peace. An instance of this is given in the history of the French Revolution. That period, when the existence of God was denied, and his commandments were abolished, was the most revolting that is recorded on the pages of human history.

Was there ever an instance known where a dying Christian left to his watching friends the testimony that he had been deceived, that there is no God, no reality in the religion of Christ? But how many of those who have drawn about them the dark robes of atheism have let them fall before the grim messenger of death. We might call to mind many instances where learned men have gloried in their unbelief, and have thought it a virtue to parade their infidelity upon every occasion. But when death claimed them, they have looked with horror into the starless future, and their dying words have been, “I have tried to believe that there is no God, no reward for the faithful, no punishment for the wicked. But how vain has been the attempt. Now I know that I shall meet the doom of the lost soul.” Sir Thomas Scott in his last moments cried, “Until this moment I believed that there was neither a God nor a hell. Now I know and feel that there are both, and that I am doomed to perdition by the just judgment of God.”

Thus many testimonies have been borne. Men may think that they have succeeded in tearing the image of God from their minds and hearts; but when they are brought face to face with the king of terrors, the image of God remains, and the confession is wrung from unwilling lips that the boasted faith of a lifetime has been a delusion.” E. G. White Youth Instructor, December 24, 1896

You can find the rest of the article at path2prayer.com.