The Christian journey and the sojourn
of those who know God is a test of Faith. Nothing is too great to sacrifice for
eternal life. Thus as we look through visions of Truth we see a road made smooth
through prayer and faith. What do you see?
Peace and Love,
Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal August 22, 2001 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
CHRISTIANITY: FALSE DOCTRINES, FALSE TEACHING
THE MIRACLE OF HEALING
PART 38: GREAT EXAMPLES OF FAITH
the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.
In the Book of Daniel we find several
great examples of faith. However faith is magnified when it results in one's
conversion. The friendship of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego was tested and
strengthened by hardships. Together they quietly defied King Nebuchadnezzar's
order to bow to and worship the idol he made of himself. Thus, they were
unwilling to compromise their convictions even in the face of death.
Daniel 3:16-18 and 1-30.
3:16. "Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful
to answer thee in this matter."
3:17. "If it be so, our God whom
we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will
deliver us out of thine land, O king."
3:18. "But if not, be it known
unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden
image which thou has set up."
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
trusted God to deliver them from the fiery furnace. Meanwhile they were
pressured to deny God, but they chose to be faithful to God no matter what
happened. Thus, regardless of the consequences they remained faithful. God does
not always rescue those who remain faithful. If so Christians would not need
faith. In this instance Christianity would be a great insurance policy
regarding all of our trials and tribulations.
Therefore, Christianity would be
overrunning with insincere selfish people. True believers should be faithful
whether He intervenes or not. The gift of eternal life is worth any suffering
we may have to endure. But in the case of the three Hebrew boys God saved them
due to their great showing of faith. Their faith and the miraculous action of
God caused another great miracle.
3:28. "Then Nebuchadnezzar
spake, and said, Blessed by the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who
hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have
changed the kings' word and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor
worship any god, except thine own God."
The passage of scripture noted in
Daniel 3:28-29 does not reveal that Nebuchadnezzar actually converted. However
he did acknowledge that God is powerful. Thus, he ordered his people not to
speak against him.
Lydia is converted in Philippi, Acts
Philippians is one of the seven
epistles written by Paul from
This church represented the first
major penetration of the Gospel into Gentile territory. The founding of this
congregation is related in Acts 16:9-40. Acts is the connecting link between
Christ's life and the life of the church between the Gospels and the epistles.
Paul was joined by Luke, Silas and
Timothy. Forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach in
Acts . "And a certain woman named
16:15. "And when she was
baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to
be faithful to the lord, come into my house, and adobe there and she
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