The object of our faith
Where do we place our faith? Some say it’s the bible. Non evangelical segments of the Christian church have pointed out that the bible was put together by the church. Therefore the church must have some authority. I think they have a point. The authors in the bible never say that their words are the foundation for truth. Paul wrote that scripture is God breathed. I believe that makes it authoritative but Paul doesn’t say that the bible is the foundation for truth.
When Paul came to Corinth his aim was that the Corinthians would come to faith in the power of God, not in his own words. He didn’t try to get them to believe in what he said; he tried to get them to trust in a very interactive God.
1Cor 2:4 My conversation and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 2:5 so that your faith would not be based on human wisdom but on the power of God.
In some informal surveys I’ve conducted I found that most of the people in church became Christians around age 7 because they wanted to go to heaven and they didn’t want to go to hell. Their parents often encouraged their children to pray the sinner’s prayer” or accept Christ”. This whole process seems odd to me. No one goes to heaven because they pray a prayer, even the sinner’s prayer. Evangelicals have long held that we are saved by grace through faith. I don’t know when we started to think that it is faith plus a prayer or that the sinner’s prayer equalled faith.
One of the things we need to explore is the object of our faith. In many ways we’ve redefined faith in God to mean faith in the bible or faith in a prayer. We talk about faith in God but what we are really talking about is faith in a Christian worldview.Unfortunately worldviews are powerless in helping us overcome sin.