Can Faith Bring Prosperity?
It appears since the Napoleon Hill’s book, “Think And Grow Rich”, faith has been one of the major attributes that a person must retain to have any oppotunity for success in the network marketing business.. Faith has been used as justification why a person just can’t get it done. I have been in “master mind” groups where faith is discussed in such a way that it is a commodity that opens the door to riches beyond the imagination. Some Gurus asked you to imagine the impossible but don’t get crazy with it. Be reasonable. Don’t look for making $10,000 a month, how about $4oo? That’s realistic isn’t? The word “faith” in the context of the Bible is totally different from what we see in the secular world. In the Bible the object of a person faith is God. It is based on the fact that what ever God promises He is able and unstopple to perform what He has promised. On the other hand, faith as define in the secular world suggest if you can conceive it, you can achieve it. This type of thinking has caused many people to loss tons of many and waste their time which is more valuable then the riches we are chasing.
Biblical Faith Has God As It’s Object
What does the Bible say about faith. if you do some serious study about faith starting in Hebrews 11:1 which is the definition of faith, you will find that “Faith is the actual possession of things hoped for, the evidence and the existence of evidence and reality of things not seen”. The Christian who has Biblical faith is hoping for something and possessing it because God is(He is Real) and God has promised it. Biblical faith only deals with truth and reality. It’s knowing whats reality, experiencing reality and possessing reality.
Secular Faith Has Man As It’s Object
Humans are limited in many ways as compared with the True and Living God. We are limited by time, space ,knowledge and power. We have no way to created something from nothing, we have no perfect plan. But we have an active, powerful, creative imagination. Ecclesiastes 7:29 (ASV) 29 Behold, this only have I found: that God made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions. It is theses inventions of our minds in which we devise plans. Faith based on the ingenuity and the practices of men do not always reap the benefits man promises. In baseball, a game invented by man, a super hitter bating 300 means that they have failed to get a hit, 7-10 times. We have been playing baseball a long time but we have perfected the swing. Just because we have a dream based on an imaginary system, a vision of our own making is not reality even though it “feels right”. Empirical evidence will always have a degree of uncertainty. Even is all the numbers are right, you may still miss the mark and not achieve the prosperity you were hoping for that leads to settling for less.