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Discussion in 'For New Christians' started by StogusMaximus, Apr 16, 2002.

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  1. StogusMaximus

    StogusMaximus Well-Known Member

    Awesome example of faith.

    The Faith of the Centurion

    When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. "Lord," he said, "my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering."
    Jesus said to him, "I will go and heal him."
    The centurion replied, "Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."
    When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, "I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
    Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go! It will be done just as you believed it would." And his servant was healed at that very hour.
    Matthew 8:5-13

    Many people on want "proof" that God exists, or the Jesus has paid the price for our sins. That is a lack of faith. This centurion had so much faith, he did not need Jesus to prove himself, he knew that all he had to do was ask.

    What amazing things wil be accomplished if we have just a little faith.

    Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."
    Matthew 21:21-22
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  2. MizDoulos

    MizDoulos <font color=6c2dc7><b>Justified by grace through f

    The story of the Centurion was a good example of faith. More great examples of faith can be found in Hebrews 11 & 12 (living by faith and running the race of faith as well).

    Good thread, Stogie! :)
  3. Blessed-one

    Blessed-one a long journey ahead

    that really shows what it means to HAVE FAITH.
    i wish everyone would be like the good centurion!
  4. Mandy

    Mandy Well-Known Member

    Mat 15:21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.

    Mat 15:22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, [thou] Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

    Mat 15:23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

    Mat 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

    Mat 15:25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

    Mat 15:26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast [it] to dogs.

    Mat 15:27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.

    Mat 15:28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great [is] thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

    To me this is also a great example of faith.
  5. seebs

    seebs God Made Me A Skeptic

    Occasionally TV preachers use this to argue that, if women are attacked, it was because they didn't have *real* faith, because if they did, they would never be harmed. I wish those preachers would get together and pray that all the people with cancer would be healed, because a lot of people are suffering needlessly, if these people with real faith are so powerful. :)

    I'm not sure how to handle this; on the one hand, real healings are amazingly rare. On the other hand, maybe there are reasons for this which I don't understand. It's always been hard for me to see text like that, and know that I have known people who seemed faithful, who prayed, and didn't get what they wanted.
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