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At the beginning of this year I put an entry on my Castlelady blog entitled "This Little Light of Mine" in which I expounded on a song I used to sing in the little people’s church as a tot.
What I wished to bring to light to all people who profess to be Christian is that there will always be people- everywhere you go- who will be at the business of challenging and chiding you about your faith. Faith grows if it is allowed to grow unfettered with criticisms and opposition. We should never let such challenges make inroads but how many of us realize that these "darts" can actually strengthen our faith if we know how to deal with the questions, gauntlets and out-and-out attacks?
My suggestion is that you must have a sure knowledge of the precepts of your faith. You can only do that by diligent study of the Bible and meditation on such studies plus frequent prayer. Prayer is your chance to converse with God. How can we know Him if we don’t talk to Him?
As you strengthen your relationship with Him he will reveal truths to you that will make you wiser, surer in your convictions and irrefutable when opposition challenges you.
Have you ever wondered why people challenge your faith? It is fear quite simply. Fear is the opposite of faith and fear is so prevalent in our world today that we cannot pick up a paper, turn on our televisions or computers or even be "entertained" without being bombarded and used as a dumping ground for people’s fears. I feel that people who are full of faith scare others worse than the criminals and "scoff mongers".
Fear will make people lie when they should have told the truth. Fear stirs up uncontrollable anger. Out of fear people gossip about their neighbors. Fear will cause people to judge others unfairly. Fear will make people dangerously hostile to reason, knowledge and facts- to paraphrase Al Gore. Fear is Satan’s strongest device and he uses it quite frequently and in powerful doses.
Our strongest ally to our faith is courage. Faith and courage go hand in hand. We must also do one other thing: If we are being lied about it is crucial that we not deal in lies. When you lie you step onto the devil’s arena and he will win. The devil will come at you with his lies and he’s talented enough at it that he can make those lies stick.
Ephesians 6:14 states "Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth." The same way we defeat hatred with love, we can defeat lies with the truth.
The Castle Lady will cover you with veritable hugs and kisses!
What is more unwise than to mistake uncertainty for certainty, falsehood for truth? -Cicero, Roman orator (106-143 B.C.)