Atomic Jesus Supernaturalist
The Supernatural Substance of Faith
How does a person "have faith?" People have talked about having faith for two-thousand years. Where did the idea of "having faith" originate? Lots of people to-day think faith is another word for "religion." Lots of people think "religion is the opiate of the masses." Lots of people think "faith and religion" are inextricably intertwined. To think so is mistaken.
Faith shouldn't be associated with humanistic ideas of any "religion" because faith is an elementary, supernatural substance of being. The Christ of God is "the author and finisher of faith." Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ of God.
The eleventh chapter of Hebrews begins: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." In the Hebrew/Christian Scripture, there is no statement more evocative.
In Hebrew/Christian Scripture, the extremes of life and death are front and center from Genesis to Revelation: a study of extremes-without-compromise. In this modern-day cosmos, compromise is a way of life.
The Christ says, "If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you might say unto this sycamore tree, Be you plucked up by the root, and be you planted in the sea; and it should obey you."
Honestly, can there be anything particularly "religious" about having the power to command such things? Modern interpreters try to put a metaphorical spin on the Christ-parable: vainglorious humanity doubting God's ability to say what He means and mean what He says.
The Christ referred to the mountain-moving power of faith in an amount no larger than a mustard-seed. One of His apostles refers to "the measure of faith" in the book of Romans. Precisely how the supernatural substance of faith is constituted in a living Soul is told in this cryptic definition from apostle Paul's book of Romans: "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans, chapter ten, verse seventeen.
Ignoring faith as a substance of Life Itself is the rule and not the exception on planet Earth to-day. It did not have to be this way, but that's the way it is.
This page was created on March 24th 2002