This thread got a little bigger since I was here last! I'll have to check my settings. I'm not getting emails when people reply. lol. Hopefully this will clear things up.
B. W. wrote:
++Adam and Eve made a choice between two systems. Which did they surrender and the one accepted? What are the hallmarks of each?
The way I see the creation story and original sin is that God gave humanity a choice to either place it's faith in Him, or something else. That something else could be our own personal understanding (man-made religion), Satan himself, or whatever else you want to bring up. It doesn't matter really. If someone places his faith in someone/thing other than God, it's automatically inferior. 4 is always less than 5... In Genesis, satan basically said, "Nah, you won't really die, even though God told you you would..." Eve listened. Regardless of whether you view it as her placing her faith in satan, or in herself ("Yeah that makes sense I guess"), the result is the same. Had she maintained strong faith in God and what He said, that wouldn't have happened. Albeit a temporary lapse, a lapse is faith led to a bad decision.
B. W. wrote:
++If I understand correctly, faith would be the foundation of an emotion that convinces ones course of life which one becomes loyal to, lives after, and follows. Deep inside an emotional appeal lays the foundation for ones life’s course to follow whatever a person placed faith in. Look at what James wrote to see what I mean.
James 1:14, "But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed."
Human beings are by nature creatures of faith and have an inheritant need to belong to something, a need to feel loyal too something, even a need to be convinced to follow something, all stems from a need to be taken care of by something/someone which is sparked by a feeling. Interesting concept, jestes, if that is what you meant…
This leads to the questions: In the Garden of Eden, the Serpent convinced both Adam and Eve to place their faith in what?
What is it today that people place their trust in more than God?
What is exchanged?
This somewhat goes back to the first one. Adam and Eve placed their faith in something other than God. What that something/someone is doesn't really matter because it isn't God, regardless of how seemingly good or bad it may be. People place their faith in all sorts of things nowadays. Basically, they place their faith in anything/anyone that seems more well-informed about a certain topic than themselves. Magazines, friends, TV, their own experiences, and of course, Oprah....
Yes, I do believe faith to be a kind of emotional foundation, among many things. I also agree that we are creatures of faith. It's obvious people need to believe in something. Maslow's hierarchy of needs states that after a person has food/water, and is not in fear of loosing his life, the needs of love and belonging are next. Even if misguided, people want to have faith that they are cared for by those around them. I also believe that we were designed to not function properly without faith in God. Faith is the doorway to our hearts that the Spirit uses to enter. Without that, we are broken.
Looking back though, I should have clarified something: Faith may be a foundation, but faith must have it's own foundation. I have a friend who is unfortunately, an atheist. He's a nice guy, but can get depressed pretty easily. Odd huh?
Anyway, to try and feel better he's CONSTANTLY trying to "be positive", "motto for the day: positivity", constantly trying to do nice things for other people, surround himself with happy things, and so forth. Essentially, his faith is in his own ability to find and take hold of happiness. He has to try SO HARD too. The really sad part, is that it never lasts. His faith is in something that is fleeting, at best. Let's contrast that with faith in God. I'll use my own personal example, but I know I'm far from unique on this:
When I start to feel a little down, I just remind myself of the faith I have been given: "Why am I worried? God is watching out for me, and he's not absent minded..." My faith is placed in God, and is therefore solid since the object of my faith is solid. Sand VS rock, to use a Biblical example. Unfortunately, in modern society God's name is thrown around so casually that saying "God loves me" has lost a bit of it's punch. To expand my faith comment above and illustrate the kind of foundation faith in God has:
I see God as the being who: conceived, designed, and brought forth every mystery science seeks to understand; who spoke a word that science has come to know as the Big Bang; who determined how hard Babe Ruth had to swing that bat; who put the stars in the sky as a kind of beacon to say, "You're not alone in life"; who is the Creator of the sweet potato and supernovas, summer thunderstorms and solar flares, musical theory and the Rocky Mountains; who first imagined every beautiful thing eyes have ever seen, ears have ever heard, or hands have done; who decided that the best feeling in the word is an arm gone numb because the girl you love is asleep on it; who is the only infinite, invincible, and everlasting thing in all of existence. THAT is Who we're talking about, but know this: He desires you; cares for you; knows you, concerns himself with you, and most importantly, loves you. THAT is the true object of faith. THAT is a foundation faith can be built on. With this as a foundation of faith, and faith as a foundation of life, imagine where that road leads.