[quote=Oren]It’s not that I’m trying to convince him of anything. I would just feel better if I could explain the why’s better. He thinks all religion is like a cult…all that stuff. He had a bad experience with Pentacostalism. I just wanted to let him know there reasonable and legitimate reasons.
What really impressed me about faith was the parallel between one guy on an infomercial I watched several times in 1985 selling “self-talk” tapes for $300, and the mechanics of “faith” as explained by TV preacher Dr. Fred Price. Price was the first one I ever saw open the Bible and teach me how to use it to get over past hurts – or do anything useful with it for that matter. I bought a Bible for $12 and started listening to Price, and eventually came back to the Church.
It’s a bit like this. Faith is the evidence of things not seen. When you just “know” something but do not have physical evidence yet, then if you speak in faith it will come to be.
It’s like an automobile designer. The person has an image of the car before it ever really exists, and they have “faith” that it is doable, because they know what they are doing. Similarly, prayer exercises our faith to take power from the spiritual world and bring it into the physical, which follows it.
The way it worked for the self-talk guy, is he compared our memories to floppy disks. Our whole lives we let everybody write things on it, mostly negative scripts. We cannot get rid of them, because we can deny them but that leaves a void that they soon come rushing back to fill in. So we replace it with other scripts, telling ourselves for example “it is so nice to be a non-smoker now” even while we are smoking one. He cautions against saying “this is my last cigarette” or “I quit tomorrow” because all the subconscious hears is “not yet quitting.”
Fred Price was quoting a verse something like “believe you have received it, and it shall be yours.” He was making the same point as the tapes guy, except he was using a $12 Bible instead of $300 tapes so I went with him.
Like that, you can speak or think in faith about things you cannot see. It’s like spiritual buying power. The more faith you have, the more you will begin to see the world respond. Once you have the physical evidence, of course, it no longer requires faith so you can then kick it up a notch and exercise faith for bigger changes.
Also I have faith that I will somehow have something to wear or sleep, so I worry about nothing. Everything else is icing on the cake.