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Faith Must Have a Basis

Faith Must Have a Basis

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Published by: Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano on Oct 29, 2007
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Faith must have a Basis
Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano
I
N DEALING WITH PEOPLE
 
that wemeet in the different places that we go, moreoften than not, there are misunderstandingsthat arise. And that is inevitable because wehave different religious affiliations.
I hopethat the Lord will help us understand eachother by means of His words in the Bible.Sometimes also, it can’t be helped that youfeel slighted whenever the faith that your  pastor, or your religious leader instilled in you,is being questioned. For example, if you are a believer that Christ is just a man, you willdefinitely get angry if somebody will insistthat Christ is God. Therefore, if we are dividedin our beliefs, if there is factionalism amongus, it is not really your fault. Instead, it is the fault of our pastors, who fed us withwrong beliefs. This is what
 II Peter 2:1
says--
“But there were false prophets who among the people, even as there shall be falseteachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that brought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”
There was somebody who claimed that he had been hit by a truck, yet, he incurredno bruises, while the truck was totally wrecked. Who did he think he was,Incredible Hulk? Can you imagine that? He was not wounded when the truck hithim, while Christ was wounded by nails when He was crucified. But where didthis incredible belief come from? St. Peter said, it was taught by false prophets.And each time that I visit the different parts of the country, I make it a point todiscuss this matter to our fellowmen, in our desire to open their minds. I try tomake them realize that not everything that they hear must be kept, right away, intheir hearts and minds and that they must not believe things easily. FAITH musthave a basis. We do not know if you will agree with me. But, isn’t it that if we aregoing to study music, we must be guided by the musical notes? And if you wantto learn how to compute, you must be guided by the arithmetical operations?But lately, we found out that, sometimes, even Arithmetic can be wrong. Why didI say that? Isn’t it that in school, we were taught that, in order to determine thecircumference of a circle, we have to multiply the diameter with the pi 3.1416?That is what we know, and that is correct from your first to your eleventhcomputations. But when you do the 12th until the 500th computations, themultiplier should no longer be 3.1416. The 16 will now become 159, to be exact.This was proven when the computers were used in computing the circumferenceof a circle. What are we trying to say? If things, which already have bases, couldstill go wrong, what more if there is no basis at all?
 
Faith must have a Basis
Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano
The same thing is true among doctors. What might be true today may no longer betrue the next day; what may be true to one patient may not be effective to another.Sometimes, doctors handle things on a case to case basis. A dosage that is beinggiven to an individual cannot be given to all. A certain dosage could be effectiveto one patient but not to all. What are we trying to point out? If those who areguided by basis can still go wrong, how much more if there are no basis at all?This is the reason why before we accept a certain belief, or faith, before we keepit in our heart and in our mind, we must try it first. That is a law of God. This iswhat
 I Thessalonians 5:21-22
says--
“Prove all things, hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.”
God said,
“Prove all things, hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.”
That is very clear. There is evil, and if you will not trythings, you might be deceived. You might mistake evil as good and good as evil,if you will not prove all things first. God wants all things to undergo a trial.
“Prove all things, hold fast that which is good.”
When will you come to realizewhich is good? After you have tried all things? There is a need to prove all things because evil can disguise as good. In
 II Corinthians 11:13
it says--
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into theapostles of Christ. And no marvel for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” Therefore, it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as theministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
That is why we have to try things first before we accept that they are correct because there are false apostles, according to the Bible, who pretend to beapostles of Christ. They are in disguise. That is why you cannot discernimmediately that they are not of God.
“And no marvel; for Satan himself istransformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministersalso be transformed as ministers of righteousness.”
It is on this aspect that I want to stir your consciousness. Before we start believingin something, let us seek for some proofs first. When can a husband say that hiswife is faithful, and she’ll remain true even if he works in Saudi Arabia for eightyears? He must have a basis in believing that way. Had he tested her fidelity? If he had tested and proven her fidelity, then, he can trust and believe in his wife.But if he had not tested her, there is a possibility that when he returns home, hewill end up singing: “Napakasakit, Kuya Eddie.” (It’s very painful.). When youleft, the two of you only have one child, but when you returned home, there arealready three children. How could she have conceived two more children whenyou were in another country? It could not have happened via mail! That only proves that your wife is unfaithful. And now, you have a strong basis in believing
 
Faith must have a Basis
Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano
so.The reason why we are able to give our trust to a person is because we have proven for ourselves that he is trustworthy. That is what we must exercise beforewe instill something in our heart and in our mind. But if we believe in something,which we have not tested yet, chances are, we will end up believing in somethingthat is wrong, and which is not of God.Today, a lot of people believe in things, which do not have any basis. Where didyou get the belief that when you jump three times and shout, “Hallelujah, praisethe Lord,” the devil will be driven away? Is it based on a comic book story? Or,did you read it from a tabloid, which was used as a wrapper of smoked fish? Didit have any biblical basis? Did the Bible mention that, after jumping three times,the devil will be driven away? Give me a biblical basis that, in praying, we needto raise our hand and wave, and say, “Dearest Jesus, thank you Lord Jesus, hooo!”You deserve a slap in the face! You are overacting! Do those things have any basis?If your pastor is asking you to beg for money in the streets, in market places, or in buses, ask him what is his basis in letting you do that? If he has any, find out if his basis will pass both the moral and the biblical standards. If his basis does not passthe biblical standards, that means, it should not be accepted. For it to be acceptedas a universal truth, it must pass all standards of truth. It is not a universal truth if it is true only to a particular group. For example, it is a generally accepted factthat, to get the circumference of a circle, you must multiply its diameter by3.1416. However, as the number gets bigger, it is no longer advisable that we stilluse the multiplier 3.1416. It now requires a more exact number. The last number,which is 6, will be changed to 159, otherwise, there will be a discrepancy in theresult. The same problem is possible to arise in religion if we will not be properlyguided by a basis.Let me give you an illustration. For the Born Again, smoking is prohibited. It is prohibited, isn’t it? Who among you are members of the Born Again? Isn’t it thatsmoking is prohibited in your group? If you are going to ask your pastor whysmoking is prohibited, he will tell you that it is bad to one’s health. Am I right? Now, if you will ask him, how about drinking coffee? Shouldn’t they also prohibitthe drinking of coffee because it is also bad to one’s health? And he will tell you,“no”. But why? If smoking is prohibited because it is hazardous to one’s health,then, drinking coffee must also be prohibited because it can also do harm to the body. In other words, the doctrine that smoking must be prohibited because itdamages one’s health is just a part of the truth, because aside from smoking, thereare other things, which we intake that is hazardous to our health, but they are not prohibited.Let me illustrate it further. Smoking is bad because, when you smoke, you inhalecarbon monoxide, aside from the fact that, cigarette contains nicotine, tar, and

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