February 2 – Learning About Faith Is Powerful

2:33 – Learning About Faith is Powerful

#faithbites #faithjourney powerful

When I was a young boy, my family went to synagogue regularly. I adored our Rabbi, Rabbi Kramer. He was a wonderful man who interacted well with all ages, especially the children. He helped my mum convert to Judaism. As I grew older, the aspect about him I admired the most, what the he was a professor of World Religions at UCLA. Here was a man deep in his faith, that could step outside and teach others about all religions. That is something I deeply respect.

In our #faithbite yesterday, I used an image that had what I thought a scripture from the Quran. I found out later from a good friend that it wasn’t a verse but a saying from the Prophet Mohammad, Peace Be Upon Him. He then explained that for something to be attributed to the Prophet,
it is classed by scholars based on how likely it is that the Prophet said this. Then they have a system of certification which involves checking and researching the lives of people who report the saying. In fact, only the reports of the people who lived with the Prophet are taken and then the chain continues down to various people. If a saying is considered to be very authentic, it is regarded more. What struck me as even more interesting, is that the Quran is believed to be the direct word of God. No translation, no word change, no nothing is possible as that changes the message God gave. In fact, many Muslims commit the entire book to memory in Arabic.

In a Christian blog, why am I talking about Islam? Because we need to be open to learning about our faith, our history, and how the Word of the Lord came to us.

Scripture
  • For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12
  • Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. – Joshua 1:8
  • Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it,because the time is near. – Revelation 1:3
Reflection

I am naive when it comes to my religion. I learn something new every day through #faithbites and interactions with my friends. When I think about Rabbi Kramer teaching different religion to people while still being deeply connected to his faith, it has a powerful impact on me. Just like my friend openly explains his religion on a regular basis., I want to learn and do the same about mine.

God wants us to know his word, to learn where we came from, and how to follow Christ. Love God, Love People. I hope that one day, I will be like Rabbi Kramer, able to understand my religion as well as many other religions and share the history, culture, and relevance of them with believers and non-believers.

Charge

How well you do you know your faith? Do you know it’s history and origins? Have you wondered how the scriptures came into the form you read them now? Can you explain your faith, not just your religion, to others? Take some time to read the history of your faith beyond the scriptures. The Lord will open mysterious ways for you.

Prayer

Dear Lord, thank you for making me inquisitive. Remind us how powerful your word is. Give me the strength to keep asking questions about you in all your ways. I know you will answer the questions that I have. Give us the knowledge to separate the falsehoods from the truths. Make us knowledgeable servants in your plan. In your heavenly name, Amen.

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