“Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”” (Mark 9:24 NIV)
What happens when you go from “I believe” (and you want to get some help to the lack of belief) to “I know” / “I am certain”?
Some things change.
For example, where do you put life’s values into the 10 commandments?
If you know, choices become simpler.
Even if belief can tend to give more liberties than take, sometimes it may look that belief tends to take liberties.
But I think it gives more liberties while helping you decide between A and B in simpler ways.
Is there a counter-argument? Sure it is, right from the Bible:
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20 NIV)
So, while I do claim I have faith, and it’s gone from faith to “knowing”, there are some obstacles.
What are the obstacles? Mainly from the lack of resources and motivation.
You know God exists, yet you don’t fulfill the basic commands:
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:37-40 NIV
Sounds simple, right? Love God and people more than anything else. To me, it’s not that simple, and motivation is sometimes hard to get.
You want to do good, but sometimes you fail at it.
So, to knowing – there is a paradox – it’s hard to implement.
Is there a paradox to this, also?
It sure is:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV)
You need to try and get results.
How to do so? With the ambition to move the mountains, or with help from a mentor / coach.
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