This truth in world religion, man’s absolute dependence


This paper
is divided in to three chapters namely; Chapter one looks at Faith and its
Meaning emphasizing on what is this thing call faith? And how faith plays a big role in
the life of believers. We believers participate by faith in God’s cognitive
life to understand him intimately as a mystery, this faith helps us to see
ourselves and the world as God does, and to recognize His providence at work in
own lives. Chapter two focuses on Revelation which is a communication
by God of some truth to human beings by means which are extraordinarily beyond
the nature. The last chapter gives us the relationship between faith and
revelation of which when faith is motivated by charity, and when the way of
life proposed by the object of faith is lived with intensity, believers come to
insights that might otherwise have failed to materialize through revelation. Believers
with the right affections who strive to live in accord with the theoretical
object proposed by divine revelation will undergo a profound cognitive transformation
as they become more and more adept at seeing their lives and the world in
general from the perspective of their heavenly Father. Conclusively, whether
man uses his presupposed independence to deny God’s existence or reinterpret
God’s truth in world religion, man’s absolute dependence upon God still
remains. Reality is what scripture reveals it to be.

 

 

CHAPTER
ONE

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FAITH

1.1 Faith and its
Meaning

The
Holy Scripture, specifically Hebrew Chapter 11:1, the letter clearly gives a
very accurate understanding of what Faith is, it says “Faith is a substantial
realization of what is hope for and evidence of things not seen. New Testament
authors emphasize unremittingly that the key to genuine human flourishing is faith
in Jesus Christ as the revealed and revealing Word of God, “the Way, the Truth,
and the Life” (John 14:6). But what is this thing call
faith? The question looks simple of course the difficult part of it is how to
apply it in our day today lives. There are different ways faith can be understood,
on one hand, faith is a complete trust of confidence in someone or something it
goes farther to say that it is a strong belief in the doctrines of a religion
concerning their convictions not their proof.1

1.2 Faith and its
role in the life of believers

We believers participate by faith in God’s
cognitive life to understand him intimately as a mystery, this faith helps us
to see ourselves and the world as God does, and to recognize his providence at work
in own lives. “The
principal object of the habit of faith as is that which has been revealed as
true by God precisely insofar as it has been revealed by Him and made known
publicly through the Holy Scripture and Church’s teachings” said Thomas
Aquinas. This general object of faith Particularly can be divided into statements
found in the creed. Through the theological virtue of faith, God revealed the
truth and made public through Sacred Scripture and the teachings of the Church
and St. Thomas brought out the preambles a large number of propositions of
faith concerning God’s existence, nature, and activity that can be gleaned, he
believes, from treating several characteristics of the world as effects and faithfully
put their origin in God.2
Thus, St. Thomas Aquinas is more optimistic about the reasoning for
philosophical inquiry than are other medieval and modern thinkers, who are
decidedly less sanguine about the power and range of ‘natural reason’, that is,
of reason unaided attributed to belief that is Faith.

 

 

CHAPTER TWO

REVELATION

Many have narrowly interpreted Revelation
focusing obsessively on the end of time, with the result that we have missed
the fact that it contains many profound truths and encouragements concerning
Christian life and discipleship. Revelation
is a communication by God of some truth to human beings by means which are
extraordinarily beyond the nature and the truths revealed
may be inaccessible to the human mind mysteries, though revealed our minds is
incapable of fully penetrating.3 God’s message is delivered
to us still by prophets who alone receive immediate revealed communicated
truth. Even though the Bible has an idea of revelation it does not widely
discus its ideas. Etymologically, the term ‘Revelation’ derived from Latin word,
‘Revelare’ with its basic meaning of,
“Veil removing,” and according to our religion of Christianity, the idea is an,
“inner illumination,” and also divine
instructed teachings. Revelation is also on the other hand understood in the
creation of the universe and of the spiritual reality which is seen as an act of
revelation by God.4
The revealed prophetic
visions are clearly brought to the point known as the written letters to Churches
and are naturally pastoral. Primarily, Revelation aimed at bringing courage to
believers of all ages that God is active even in the midst of tragedy,
suffering, and Satanic domination. All these brought an encouragement to the
people of God to have hope in their final reward with certainty and to provide
a good space of worshiping and glorifying God despite trials, temptations, and suffering.
Thus, God’s revelation was and is made known to the whole creation, basically
through the mind of man, this revelation comes to knowledge and have to be
interpreted. God has given man the mandate to interpreter the revealed truth, more
specifically prophets and prophetess. Therefore, it is essential when
Revelation is understood in terms of nature i.e. prophetic and pastoral, this
will be relevant to our path of daily pilgrimage through trials, temptations,
sufferings etc. of which God protects and is delivering us from evil into the Heavenly
Jerusalem.

 

 

CHAPTER THREE

RELATIONSHIP

However, the analogy falls short once we notice that in the
case of Christian faith, the believer’s love for the one who reveals the truth
is itself a factor that contributes to an increase in understanding. This
suggests another analogy that is closer to the mark that of filial friendship,
especially when the children in question are young.5 When
faith is motivated (or, to use St. Thomas’s term, ‘formed’) by charity, and
when the way of life proposed by the object of faith is lived with intensity,
believers come to insights that might otherwise have failed to materialize. In
short, believers with the right affections who strive to live in accord with
the theoretical object proposed by divine revelation will undergo a profound
cognitive transformation as they become more and more adept at seeing their
lives and the world in general from the perspective of their heavenly Father.
Each of these gifts plays a role in the acquisition and transmission of divine
cognition, in the meditative study of revealed truths, and in the believer’s
perseverance in the faith. The natural power does not on its own give a deep substantial
relevant knowledge except believers understand with principles what is centrally
revealed. Still, even though believers cannot have perfect grasp of the
mysteries of the faith, they can at least grasp them well enough through
revelation to identify and distinguish them intuitively from their contraries,
and persevere in their assent to them. In the normal course of events, this
deeper understanding comes through participation in the liturgy of the Church
and through the sort of study and prayerful reflection on revealed truths that
almost all believers are capable of, especially when they have a good teacher.6 Even though the gift of
understanding, which is available to all the faithful, does not of itself guarantee
the ability to engage in sophisticated intellectual inquiry into the truths of
the faith, it does carry with it a defeasible intuitive ability to sense what
is and what is not consonant with divine revelation. The very fact that the
gift of understanding is open to all the faithful helps keep in check the
gnostic tendency a characteristic temptation for intellectuals to split the
faith into two faiths, one for the vulgar and one for the learned, to use
Berkeley’s terms.

 

 

CONCLUSION

Everyone
is committed to some kind of faith to arrive at hidden base of all of reality.
Even so, these faith commitments go far beyond mere intellectual commitment.
They touch the very core of our being as part of our spiritual and moral
essence. Each of us has motives for holding to the particular view of reality
we use to define our lives. God tries our hearts and knows these motives. God
is not interested in anyone merely giving mental assent to his existence,
rather is after something much more. Truly knowing God “is rather part of a
process of God’s thorough making of a person. It is, from our human standpoint,
an active commitment to a morally transforming personal relationship. There are
those who say that if they could personally witness some sort of miraculous
sign they would then be brought into a position where they could believe the
Bible. Yet the Bible teaches that even when Christ performed many miracles in
the midst of the crowds most people did not believe He was God. “Miraculous
events do not impose their interpretation on us. We interpreters must decide on
our interpretations of events, and this shows that various background beliefs
and motives typically influence our interpretive decisions. Unlikely that most
people who become Christians embrace the Christian faith because they have
systematically reasoned about its doctrines in contrast to the beliefs held by
others. One thing, however, is sure, no one can ever truly come to Christ
without first presupposing His Word. An individual’s confession of Jesus Christ
as personal Lord and Savior (Rom 10:9-13) only comes with the presupposition
that both His person and Work are truly what the Bible reveals them to be. Have
our notions about God come from human imagination or His revelation? God
created man as a finite creature. Man was created to be dependent upon God and
His revelation. Man’s fall into sin was essentially a rejection of this
dependence. “This, then, is the essence of sin; man’s rebellion against
recognizing his dependence on God in everything and the assumption of his
ability to be independent of God.” The
serpent’s temptation in Genesis was for man to be “like God”. It still is. Whether man uses his presupposed independence to deny
God’s existence or reinterpret God’s truth in world religion, man’s absolute
dependence upon God still remains. Reality is what scripture reveals it to be.7

1 Alfred
J. Freddoso; CHRISTIAN FAITH AS A WAY OF LIFE, (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1999)

2 Joseph R. Farinaccio; FAITH WITH REASON; Why
Christianity Is True, (Pennsville, New Jersey: BookSpecs Publishing, 2002) P.
18

3 G.
K. Beale & David H. Campbell; REVELATION; A Shorter Commentary, (Grand Rapids,
Michigan, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2015)

4 Alvin Plantinga; When Faith and Reason Clash: Evolution
and the Bible, (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1991), Pg. 8-33

5
Ibid.

6 Dr.
Grant C. Richison: Revelation, (Canada, published on the Internet, Campus
Crusades

DODTW, 1997)

7
Ibid.

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