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Faith is a foundational principle in the scriptures. If we don't have faith, we don't have salvation. The Bible tells us that without faith, it is impossible to please God, therefore understanding faith is critical. If we don't understand faith then we will not understand our relationship with God nor can we mature spiritually. The Bible forewarned that when Jesus returned in the last days, He would not find genuine faith in the church. That does not mean that He will not find individuals who have faith, but the church as a whole will be carried away with various doctrines that gratify human desires and neglect the true faith God has given us. Confusion is added to this basic principle by those who claim to have 'faith formulas' that place the focus on self-gratification. Churches are now being taught that trials and troubles are the result of a lack of faith; sickness is a lack of faith; wealth and prosperity is the product of our own faith instead of the grace of God. The whole message of God's grace has always been that it is a gift of God and not by anything we can merit so that no one can boast. However, under the 'new theology', teachers boast over their superior faith and condemn those who are going through a time of hardship for their lack of faith.
Those who sincerely seek the truth also struggle to make sense of it all because faith is analyzed and over analyzed until it becomes so complex that it cannot be understood. In error it has been made to become a convoluted theological argument that cannot be grasped by the common man. Yet the Bible calls it a simple concept that even a child can understand; "Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it" (Mark 10:15). Faith is so simple a child can understand it, but so difficult to live by because our human nature gets in the way. Let' ...
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