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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

21 February 2018: Keith Evans  Petersfield URC

What do you believe in?

We all believe in something, even if we have no religious faith. As G.K. Chesterton said “When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.”

 For some it's wealth or possessions, for some power and influence, for many it's family and relationships or, perhaps, horoscopes, spiritualism or just themselves. We seem to have a need within all of us and we will fill it with something.

Faith in anything that is less than perfect will ultimately result in disappointment. People, governments, social ideals are all flawed and will let you down. Power, fame and possessions all have a glamour which tarnishes and corrupts. So what should we put our faith in?

Most religions, generally and Christianity, in particular, urge you to put your trust in God. The perfect creator, sustainer and friend. You cannot see God with your senses, but that faith space within you will know no peace until He lives there. The world God created is infected with evil and we are all a part of it. From that comes pain, suffering and death. God promises to all who trust Him that He will sustain you through this world of trouble  and ultimately bring you to a new creation with all this evil removed.

In Jesus Christ, God revealed Himself as a human and showed us what God is like, absolutely trustworthy and compassionate. He dealt with the evil in the world by taking it on Himself and paying its price by being crucified. He asks us to trust Him and give Him our lives that he may fill this need within us and truly give us life to the full.

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