heart and soul of Christianity
letters of the Apostle Paul regarding faith and grace is at the
heartbeat of Christianity
our culture faith has been reduced to believing on
something, or more exactly hoping. But is this the meaning
of faith that the Apostle Paul wrote as inspired by the Holy
Greek word Pistis
translated into English is faith. Pistis is not hoping that
something is true. Pistis is ABSOLUTELY knowing without
seeing the outcome that something is true. It requires a forward
ACTION based upon an absolute belief that God and
his word are true. It involves every ounce of your total
believe on Christ, having the thought that if they are nice
and do all the rigth things they will go to heaven. However the
naughty children of God are to be tortured in horrible pain being
burned alive in the furnace of hell for eternity. As if that was
not enough torture, God is going to allow the devil to dress up in
a red outfit to stab his naughty children with a pitchfork while
their bodies are burning.
most of Christianity teaches that a loving God would actually do
this to his children. Even the most cruel of human behavior is not
that sick and low. Well perhaps Adolph Hitler might have reached
For Christian Religions to teach on one hand God is Loving, Kind,
Gentle, but then on the other hand God is some kind of
pathalogical insane murderer, of people who could not measure up
to his standard, is nothing more than teaching the traditions of
stop making the word of God void by the vain traditions of man.
Letís get back to real Christianity, not the doctrines of man.
Christianity cannot be defined by a set of rules of what you eat,
or wear, or any other legalistic ritual. It simply cannot be
defined in a legalistic approach to perfectionism. Christianity is
not just nice thoughts or good deeds.
is Cristianity just a point of view. We have to quit thinking of
God as some kind of adult version of Santa Claus. God is REAL,
not a mystical unknown make believe floating ghost of vain
can only be defined in terms
Of a personal relationship with God,
Similar to a marriage relationship.
Not an outward freak show!
is totally impossible for man to obtain righteousness by his
works. We will always fall short of Godís standard. God knowing
that we cannot measure up to his standard created another way for
us to obtain a righteous relationship with him.
It is not by
the works of man, but the Works of God.
It is a free and loving gift that we do not deserve.
is the Gift of Grace. The meaning of Grace is unmerited favor.
Grace is not measured in "thou must do this, and thou shalt
not do that." Man cannot administer Grace. It came from and
is administered by God. We have done nothing to deserve it. It
simply is impossible to please God by works.
know this is to take action! It requires your whole being put
forward in action.
then is an Action
Based upon an Absolute Unshakable Belief
In God and his Word to be true.
and Grace work hand-in-hand. Grace is complete and absolute
forgiveness. It is God's proclamation of your innocence for
you placing your trust in him. When God looks upon you he sees you
as Jesus Christ in innocence.
Grace does not just stop at forgiveness. Grace is also God placing
a literal part of himself inside of you, even as he took a part of
Adam and created Eve.
He will literally
deposit a portion of his life inside of you to make a new and
unique creation. A literal Son of God. This is not just a
It is real
and literal, God living inside of you producing eternal life!
is the state of innocence and peace that Adam and Eve enjoyed in
the garden before the fall. It is exactly as the Apostle Paul
described it in the books of Romans, Hebrews and Galations. Man
supplies the Faith and God supplies the unmerited gift of Grace.
This is the Heart and Soul of the Good News (Gospel) of Jesus
Christ and the basis of Christianity.
is the Power of God unto Salvation.