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The Emptiness Of Faith

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” God 

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report.”  God 

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” God 

I could go on with quoting Bible scriptures about faith, but it would be futile to the audience I am trying to impact. 

sunrise  photoOn this glorious Sunday morning, I want to ask you if you identify as a ‘Christian’. I was once at the Camden Aquarium sitting down at a table when a bus driver sat next to me. We started talking and the conversation drifted onto religion. He asked me what faith I had and I told him I was a ‘Christian.’ Then he asked me to elaborate. I reiterated my statement and said I was simply a ‘Christian’. Then he began to name denominations, Methodist, Episcopal, Catholic, and so forth. So as not to be rude I said I was a member of the Church of Christ. If you don’t understand this statement and you identify as a ‘Christian’ you have a big problem.

The sad reality is that the overwhelming majority of those that identify themselves as ‘Christian’ have never read the Bible. Or if they have picked the Bible up to look at it, they haven’t read it to the point where they can understand it. In the religious world, under the broad category of ‘Christian’, there is a smorgasbord of doctrines. For example, how one becomes a Christian, differs from faith to faith. Now, why is this? After all, supposedly all ‘Christian’ faiths get their doctrine from the same source. It would like be cooking something with the same recipe but all the chefs are using different ingredients.

It is not my intent to tear down other congregations or beliefs in this post. However, I will point out to a glaring bane of the world of ‘Christianity’, cable television preachers. These charlatans run the gambit each with their own angle. Some promise material blessings, other perform ‘miracles’, some make you feel good, they all have their unique niche. But they all have one thing in common, no matter what they say, they all want your money. I used to watch some for a laugh, no matter what scripture they use in the end the message boiled down to sending the ‘preacher’ money. There is nothing wrong with earning a living off of the gospel, but to rake in millions and live in a mansion is abuse. Especially when there are so many in need and the Bible promotes a spiritual lifestyle as opposed to a carnal or materialistic one.

Cable television preachers live in a domain of lies. What they say isn’t according to the gospel or the ‘Word of God’. As a mature Christian who has been educated in the Bible, I can go to the text and cite the scriptures that contradict the falsehoods being preached. I contend that this process applies to the whole world of Christianity. I can go to scripture and point out where their practices deviate from the Word of God.

I will illustrate with a very simple one to understand. I was raised in the Catholic Church. We were taught almost no Bible. Not once during my Catholic upbringing, which was quite extensive, did we open the Bible to read. But we did learn the Ten Commandments. Now the first command is  “I am the Lord thy God, thou shall not have any gods before me.” While the second is  “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything.” Then, later on, they make you bow before a statue of “Mary the Mother of God”. This violates those two commandments. But if you really understood the Bible you would know that we aren’t even under the Mosaic law anymore but under grace.

But my question to you is if you identify yourself as a ‘Christian’ do you even know what the Bible says? If you don’t you are taking a very big risk in trusting others for your salvation. Would you blindly put your finances into the hands of another and never inquire as to what they are doing with your money? Yet millions of people simply go along with the program never bothering to even attempt to read the Bible for themselves.

There is an ’emptiness of faith’. It is fueled by ignorance. Many ‘Christian’ leaders don’t want the rank and file learning what the Bible says, because if you do you would desert them for the Truth. If you do have a desire to read the Bible I would suggest starting with the book of Mathew and read it the New Testament to the end. If I could be of service to you please reach out. You can contact me through my Weebly page listed below.

I would like to present my book “Murmurings Of A Mad Man”. It is a book of faith and it explores a low time in my life when I was in a state psychiatric hospital called Greystone. It is now available with a new cover and a reduced price. https://amzn.to/2L2P9BB

The Emptiness Of Faith

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.


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Kaniecki, J. (2018). The Emptiness Of Faith. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 24, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/fragments/2018/07/the-emptiness-of-faith/

 

Last updated: 8 Jul 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 8 Jul 2018
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