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The psalmist:"You are totally miraculously made!"


The Area of Faith


The study below is a description of the microcosm within the pistic law sphere, i.e. the realm of faith. For the 32 anthropological aspects are mirrored within each aspect. However because the microcosm both looks inward and outward from itself (towards and back from the 31 other aspects), 64 aspects result. This study is part of a far greater whole in the area of theoretical anthropology.

Do not be surprised that I talk about the 'body' and the 'material' of faith, for the bible itself calls faith 'the substance of things hoped for'.


EXTERNAL WORLD

INTERNAL WORLD

(material/logical --objective/particular--)

(symbolical/spiritual --subjective/universal--)

'body' of faith

mind of faith

soul of faith

spirit of faith

matter

fine matter

immaterial

spiritual substance

chemistry

knowledge

emotion

insight

energy

theory

experience

worldview

health

thinking

holism

religion

"Faith is the substance of things hoped for (Hebr. 11.1)."

"Faith is the proof of things unseen (Hebr. 11.1b)."

"I am the Way and the Truth and the Life (John 14.6)."

"But we behold Jesus (Hebr. 2.9)."

literal

objective

subjective

ideal

action of faith

instrument of faith

value of faith

meaning of faith

the what of faith

the how of faith

the who of faith

the why of faith

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'body' of faith

mind of faith

soul of faith

spirit of faith

spirit

faith health

"dreaming"

mysterium tremendum of faith

faith in faith

energy of faith

imagination of faith

mystique of faith

faith in prayer

soul

vitality of faith

historicity of faith

emotive pistic awareness

ethical faith

feeding of the faith

scarcity of faith

emotive pistic response

juridical faith

mind

neuroplasticity by faith

logical/ consequent faith

emotive pistic ideas

theology of faith

"pharmaceutical"

faith by trial and error

sociality of faith

faith philosophy

body

faith power

faith perception

the joy and pain of faith

paranormality of faith

faith movement

senses of faith

beauty of faith

supernaturality of faith


NOMENCLATURE


Faith Health

See Proverbs 18.14: "The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a broken spirit who can bear (or who can lift it up)?"

Energy of Faith

"The energetic prayer of a righteous person has much effective power (James 5. 16)."

Vitality of Faith

Just as the Lord prayed for Peter that his faith would not be lost, so the apostle Paul warns us that we can die spiritually (Rom. 8.13: "For if you live according to flesh, you are about to die; but if, by the Spirit, you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live").

Feeding of the Faith

In John 21. 15 and 16 the Lord encourages Peter to shepherd and to feed the sheep and the apostle Paul admonishes us to heed and if need be to obey the elders that watch over us as if they were accountable for our souls, so that they do not do this with groaning, "which would be unprofitable for you" (Hebr. 13. 17). 1 Peter 2. 2: "Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation." Hebrew 5. 12, 13: "For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic elements of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food; for everyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is unskilled in the word of righteousness." 1 Corinthians 3. 2: "I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready." Hebrews 5. 14: "But solid food is for the mature, for those whose faculties have been trained by practice to distinguish good from evil."

Neuroplasticity by Faith

Faith has the power to heal your brain, but we must not look down upon those that keep struggling with their psychological health for years. Also the apostle Paul had an angel to buffet him, whenever he became too proud. Probably in his case it was an ophthalmological problem, as the Galatians (4.15) were said to have been willing to dig out their eyes for him. Hebrews 12.12, 13: "Wherefore lift up the hands that hang down, and the failing knees; and make straight paths for your feet, that that which is lame be not turned aside; but that rather it may be healed." James 5.16: "Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed."

"Pharmaceutical"

Sects and modern evangelicals use their routines to get high on Jesus and on their doctrines. Evangelicals use their so-called praise music for this and Jehovah Witnesses their rituals of knocking on doors and reading the Watch Tower magazine. Again and again they turn back to this to pump themselves up and to motivate themselves. It is therefore important that we are 'sober' in these things and that we do not get into the habits of sectarian routine. If the world calls us Jesus freaks, then we should wonder whether we are not using our faith as a drug. But that does not mean, of course, that one is not allowed to have a good feeling about one's faith.

Faith Power

Compare this term with the following text: "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power of it (2 Tim. 3.5)." So obviously (read Hebrews 11, the manifesto of faith) faith has power to motivate us, to strengthen and to carry us through.

Faith Movement & Faithful Move

The apostle Paul must have thought that Barnabas made an unfaithful move in taking his nephew Mark along in the service of the Lord (Acts 15. 37-39), but later he must have swallowed his words; for Mark had become very valuable to him (2 Tim 4. 11) and he must be the one whose name bears the gospel according to Mark. Notice also that both Paul and Barnabas must have had their respective supporters and that the church did not side with one in particular, nor did they become involved in a row over this. They must have endured this split of two staunch teachers and evangelists in wisdom and patience. At any rate, the Lord blessed both men, despite their bitter disagreement.

Dreaming

The O.T. implicitly often talks favorably about literal dreaming, but the N.T. talks negatively about dreamers: "Yet in the same way these men, also by dreaming, defile the flesh, and reject authority, and revile angelic majesties (Jude 1.8)." Unfortunately a lot of Christians do not realize that the N.T. calls us up to be sober in general and therefore not to go off on a tangent on the basis of dreams and so-called visions. Remember that the Bible is complete and that possible dreams and visions only should corroborate what is already in it.

Imagination of Faith

The Bible certainly leaves room for faith imagination. When we see the descriptions of God's chariot in Ezekiel, of various visions in Daniel and descriptions of angels and other matters, then it is clear that there is much to speculate about. According to the Christ Himself somebody that is a disciple of the Kingdom brings forth treasures new and old. In order to produce new treasures the role of the imagination is invaluable, as through the imagination one searches to understand and to represent things, to put them into a new light. In this the old paths must not be forgotten and certainly not be put aside.

Historicity of Faith

The historicity of faith is certainly an objectively verifiable aspect and be not daunted by postmodern spirits that call you a fundamentalist when you evangelize them, because you are afraid for their eternal soul that is caught in a web of evolutionary lies and further strengthened by theological lies that the gospels are not totally reliable. Genesis chapters 1 to 11 are the beginning of the history of faith along with the Person of Christ and all He said. To deny anything of this and of its literal application (not forgetting the symbolical and prophetic meanings) is to take the pedestal from under the Bible. The enemy is sly and in attacking the historical side of the Bible and of the Person of Christ, he has effectively blinded society.

After the resurrection Christ appeared to the disciples and at one time to over 500 people (1 Cor. 15.6) and these are still witnesses in that they faithfully recorded what the Holy Spirit deemed necessary for us to know. Unbelievers attach faith to far less documented facts about anything, as long as they do not have to bow down and be responsible to the Lord of lords.

Elsewhere in this Web site I explain that what Darwin saw at the Galapagos islands was micro-evolution between basic created species and not macro-evolution (the idea that all species arise from a single ancestor through endless mutating speciation). When you pair a donkey to a horse you get a mule, but the mule is infertile and so the Creator has set boundaries between the species.

Scarcity of Faith

In the parable of the sower Christ shows us that the kernels of faith can be taken away immediately by Satan, that they can be suffocated by worldly cares and that they can stop growing due to lack of ground. Not all the earth is arable ground. In fact in Hebrews 6. 8 it is implied that the now western world has crucified Christ all over again, by rejecting Him and that as such they are ground ready to be burnt, for it produces briars and thorns.

Logical Faith

The apostle Paul talks about the reasonableness of the faith in Romans 12.

Faith by trial and error

Gideon tested the Lord with the concept of trial and error when he asked the Lord for a wonder twice in a row. I am not advertising here the idea of asking for a sign; for it is better to act from insight and wisdom. Some people even flip open the bible at random to see whether there is a text that will give them guidance. This is desperation.

Faith Perception

Hebrews 11.24-26: "By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing rather to share ill treatment with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; accounting the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt: for he looked unto the recompense of reward." Notice that it says that he 'looked'. Through faith he already saw the reward and so Abraham even believed that God would resurrect Isaac.

Senses of Faith

Matthew 6. 22, 23: "The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!" Psalm 119 records the prayer 'Open my eyes and I will see wonders from thy Law!' Poor is the man that has an attitude of having seen most of it, for realize well that we are talking about the living Word of the Living God. It is not for nothing that Solomon states in Ecclesiastes 11 that there will (never) be an end to the writing of books.

Mysterium Tremendum of Faith

To me it is a mysterium tremendum (a mystery at which the soul [in this case the spirit ((of course along with the soul)); we are in the pistic law sphere] trembles for sheer wonder) that God desired to become human in the Person of Christ. Moreover He is not ashamed to call us His brothers and sisters in the faith. Just as He found comfort in the family of Lazarus, Martha and Marry of Bethany, so He desires to find rest in my own heart. And in the end He will spiritually marry the Church, making her spiritually one with Himself ("this mystery is great" the apostle Paul says in Ephesians 5).

Mystique of Faith

That matters of faith also possess mystique can be seen in the description of the New Jerusalem. Here you have a cube studded with immense jewels and gates made out of single pearls and that so large that a crowd can stand on a sea of crystal clear gold.

Awareness of Faith

The following verses may show 2 examples of emotive pistic awareness: "Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Pet. 5. 8)." ". . . that we might not have Satan get an advantage against us, for we are not ignorant of his thoughts (2 Cor. 2.11)."

The Response of Faith

The following verse refers to a very bad emotive pistic response: "But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another (Gal. 5. 15)." We would do better to heed the following Scriptures: "For he that will love life and see good days, let him cause his tongue to cease from evil and his lips that they speak no guile. And let him avoid evil, and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it; because [the] eyes of [the] Lord [are] on [the] righteous, and his ears towards their supplications; but [the] face of [the] Lord [is] against them that do evil (1 Pet. 3. 10-12)."

Emotive Pistic Ideas

The apostle Paul called himself 'father' to Timothy. Thus our brothers and sisters are so by 'emotive pistic idea'. The whole household of faith can be seen as family and blessed is the person that experiences it so. But Paul also admonishes us to separate from the vessels that are to dishonor (2 Tim. 2).

The Sociality of Faith

That faith also has a social dimension is abundantly clear from the following verses: "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ (Gal.6. 2)." "What doth it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but have not works? can that faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked and in lack of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled; and yet ye give them not the things needful to the body; what doth it profit (James 2. 14-16)?"

The Joy & Pain of Faith

James 1.2-4: " Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." Romans 5.2-5: "By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." Peter in his epistles speaks much about the pain of faith. 1 Peter 4.12, 13: "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial among you, which cometh upon you to prove you, as though a strange thing happened unto you: but insomuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings, rejoice; that at the revelation of his glory also ye may rejoice with exceeding joy.

The Beauty of Faith

That faith can be beautiful might be apparent from the following verses by Paul: "Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice. Let your forbearance be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. The things which ye both learned and received and heard and saw in me, these things do: and the God of peace shall be with you (Phil. 4. 4-9)."

Faith in Faith

The whole chapter of Hebrews 11 calls us up to have faith in faith, by setting before us people of faith and summing up their lives. It is therefore very important to hold on to these examples of faith, so that we are not disheartened.

Faith in Prayer & the Prayer of Faith

In Luke 18.1-8 the Lord admonishes us to keep on praying. He tells us that if a selfish and indifferent judge will in the end justify somebody, then certainly God those that pray to Him day and night.

Ethical Faith & Faith Ethics

In the story of the man that owed 10,000 talents and though he was forgiven, would not forgive the little amount that was owed to him (Mat. 18), the Lord shows that the debt we owe Him (for He bought us with His precious blood), is far greater than the debt that anybody can owe us. Now since He has forgiven us, we should likewise forgive others. "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and railing, be put away from you, with all malice: and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, even as God also in Christ forgave you (Eph. 4. 31, 32)." The following verses are telling also: "Forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any man have a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you, so also do ye (Col.3. 13)." And even higher: "Do not sigh, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door (James 5. 9)." And even still higher: "In love of the brethren be tenderly affectioned one to another; in honor preferring one another (Rom. 12. 10)." ". . .,but in lowliness of mind each counting the other better than himself (Phil.2.3b)." And even still higher yet: "We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren (1 John 3. 16)."

Juridical Faith & Faith Laws

The following texts may suffice to show that faith also knows laws: "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise (Luke 6.31);" "Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again (Luke 6.36-38)." There is also a law for giving and receiving: "The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully (2 Corinthians 9. 6)."

Theology of Faith

The contents of this study might be called a theology of faith. The bible has a lot to say about the divinity. This all can be called theology. However, bear in mind that we are warned that knowledge makes one unduly proud and therefore a true christological relation with the Lord Jesus is what it is all about.

Faith Philosophy

The outward structure of this study might be called faith philosophy. The bible employs philosophical terminology. For instance in the passage in Romans where Paul explains how the conscience works he certainly talks in a way that can be called psychological philosophy. The way he groups the spirit, soul and body together, is philosophical. Also the fact that he mentions words like the mind and the heart, that is anthropological philosophy.

Paranormality of Faith

The paranormality of faith can be derived from the fact that the main tenets of Christianity have been preserved in the faithful throughout the history of the Church. What so-called scientists see as the persistence of ignorance I see as the Work of the Holy Spirit that makes sure that in all christian denominations God is honored with the One Faith. We are called up to fight for the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 1.3).

Supernaturality of Faith

I see the supernaturality of the faith in the fact that God makes sure that in the local church there are enough talents and gifts to take care that the faith is handed down throughout history to the individual. The Church is called the pillar and stanchion of the truth (1 Tim. 3. 15). Also it is said that the manifold Wisdom of God is made known to angels as they observe it in the Church (Eph. 3.10) and even that they desire to look (further) into the things that have been told to us in the Bible (1 Pet. 1.12)!


The 64 aspects better ordered:


body

mind

soul

spirit

spirit

spiritual health

dreaming

mystical

pneumatic

faith health

faith dreaming

mysterium tremendum of faith

pure trust in the Lord

health faith

dreaming faith

faith in the mysterium tremendum

faith in faith

spirit power

imagination

romantic

precatory

faith capacity

faith imagination

faith mystique

faith prayer

capacity faith

imagination faith

mystique faith

prayer faith





soul

vital

historical

emotional awareness

ethical

faith vitality

faith historicity

faith awareness

faith uprightness

vitality faith

historicity faith

awareness faith

uprightness faith

nutritional

economical

emotional response

juridical

faith feeding

faith scarcity

faith expression

faith loyalty

feeding faith

scarcity faith

response faith

loyalty faith





mind

neurochemical/ biophysical

logical

emotional ideas

theological

faith neuroplasticity

faith logic

faith holism

faith theology

neuroplasticity faith

ratio faith

holism faith

theology faith

pharmaceutical

empiric/ experimental

social

worldview science

faith 'drugs'

faith empiricism

faith solidarity

faith philosophy

drugs faith

empiricism faith

solidarity faith

philosophy faith





body

physical force

perceptional

hedonic

paranormal

faith power

faith perception

joy & pain of faith

faith paranormality

power faith

perception faith

joy & pain faith

paranormality faith

kinetic

senses

esthetic

parapsychological

faith movement

faith senses

faith harmony

faith supernaturality

movement faith

senses faith

harmony faith

supernaturality faith


DEFINITIONS OF TERMS


Spirit Power

(Cf. Prov. 18. 14): "A man's spirit sustains his illness, but a broken spirit, who will lift it up!? [or 'who will bear it?']"

Pneumatic/ pistic

Concerning the human spirit, 'pneuma [new-ma]' in Greek. Pistic concerns trust and faith.

Precatory

Concerning prayer, 'precari' means 'to pray' in Latin.


Faith power, or the power of faith, is a so-called retrocipating aspect as it looks backwards to the physical aspect of force. Power faith, on the other hand, is an anticipating aspect that looks into the pistic law sphere from that aspect. In other words, the physical aspect of force anticipates the aspect of 'faith'.

The anticipating aspects have dubious connotations. A power faith, or faith in some kind of power, usually takes away from genuine faith. So also in case of the other anticipations, except if one would be able to concentrate them on Christ, Who heads up the faith. Then you get faith in Christ's power, perception and so on. Faith is too high to play second fiddle, generally.

Hebrews 10. 38: "But my righteous one shall live by faith: And if he shrink back, my soul hath no pleasure in him." Faith then is what should steer all the other areas of our being, as faith, hope and love (1 Cor. 13) are the highest principles. That is because faith rests in the heart and from there, together with hope (the anchor of the soul, Hebr. 6. 19) and love, it should motivate our thoughts and actions. Romans 10. 9, 10: "Because if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus [as] Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved: for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."


Integration of my theoretical anthropology and my theological ethics.



The apostle Paul: "Let nobody deceive himself, if somebody thinks he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise (1 Cor. 3.18)!"



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