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by Tyler Velau in General Questions about October 25 open - report

Belief

What does it truly mean to believe? It could be belief in anything, structure, rules, family, faith, but what does it truly mean to believe? Is it the simple acceptance of a certain set of parameters as the truth? Or is it something.... stronger?

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    by Jim Jarrell about October 31

    Hi Tyler, I would like to take a stab at this one. I think there are a lot of people who have a head knowledge that Jesus was Messiah. But Romans 10:9 says; That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your HEART that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. We have to believe with our hearts. Some times I think a lot of people believe with their minds, but they have many questions when it comes tp the heart. The Bible says out of the heart, the mouth speaks. If you listen to someone speak long enough, they will tell you what they truly believe. I do believe that if you truly believe in Jesus, you will see the fruit of that somewhere in your life.

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    by Sylvia Todd about October 25

    Hi Tyler! My thought is that belief is a spectrum. In the Parable of the Sower (Matt 13:1-10), Jesus describes three levels of that might be broadly described as "none", "shallow" and "deep". 1 Peter 2:2 describes a growth process: "Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation". 

     

    As another way to look at it, there is a phrase "I'd bet my life on (insert whatever)". Do we believe in everything to the extent that we'd bet our life on it? I'd bet not ;).

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