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anonymous asked [Wednesday, 17th June 2015]

QUESTION: "Is there a difference between faith, belief, hope and positive thinking? How can you tell if you have faith? And how does faith work?"


Pastor's response...

ANSWER: "Anybody can think positively, and you don't have to believe in God and Jesus to do so. It is the stuff of several secular movements and philosophies and us utilised in some psychotherapies. It doesn't always work, and cannot move mountains.??? Belief also is displayed even by demons. James 2:19 tells us that even the demons believe there is one God, and tremble. So it is not enough just to have belief that God exists. Now hope is what faith is a substance of. It is what we need faith for. Hope is not seen Rom8: 24/25; it is our expectation, our desired end, it should be in The Lord, in His word psalm 39:7,119:81. It is the star of the scripture: faith is the substance of things HOPED for. Faith is evidenced by its works. It seems to be the currency of transaction to work out our hope. The thing that moves God. The punch in our prayers.??? faith is NOT belief, it is not Hope, nor is it positive thinking... "

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