It is sad when ritual replaces faith. Jesus was the speaker in John 14:6 where the verse reads, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Just those two theological concepts indicate that faith greatly supersedes any physical act of ritual that could ever be performed by anyone.
Of course, one cannot use faith as a crutch to ignore the other necessary things we must do. We know the Bible teaches us to do things. We know that it is good to pray for the hungry to receive food. However, if we have food to give, we should be active in answering the prayers of the hungry rather than claiming our faith will get them the answers they need from someone else. The goal is for the heart to be changed by faith in Jesus. From the inside out we must change. It begins with that initial spark of faith that Jesus indeed is the Christ, the Holy One of God. Read the rest of this entry »