Sunday, August 09, 2009


Have you ever heard someone point out that faith is not just a religious idea, but that all living requires faith? Like how it takes faith to get on an airplane, faith to believe that what you're eating isn't poison, etc. John Calvin pointed something very interesting out in his Institutes about this that I want to share with you.

In Book II, Section 1.4, he pointed out that Adam's sin in the garden was an act of faith. When the devil came to Adam and told him that God was lying, and that he would not surely die if he ate, Adam had faith in the devil and believed him. He ate out of faith in the devil's word. God had told him something different, but Adam chose to believe the devil.

If your faith is not in Jesus, you are still acting out of faith. Jesus has said that His burden is light, that His commandments are good, and that He will forgive you and give you eternal life if you come to Him. If you have not done that, what sorts of things are you believing about Him? Who are you believing about him?

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