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Belief in God can be displayed on a conceptual level and on an operational level.  Conceptually, there is evidence that God exist, and it would behoove us to accept the evidence:

Psalms 19:1 “For the director of music. A psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

Psalms 14:1 “The fool hath said in his heart, “There is no God.”   They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.”

However, anyone can say, “Oh yeah, I’m a believer in God.” Just like they can say, “I believe the moon is round.” Conceptually that’s fine. But, operationally, what does that mean from God’s perspective?  Consider the following scripture:

James 2:19 “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder.”

So, even demons are believers in God.  But it is their actions that set them apart from followers of God or Christians.  Here’s the context:

James 2:14-26 “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.  18But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”  19Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder.  20You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is uselessF4 ? 21Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”and he was called God’s friend. 24You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.  25In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”

Faith in God is not just a cool thing to say, it’s something that requires action in response to God.  Consider the following:

James 2:19-27 “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. 21Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.  22Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does.  26If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. 27Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

So the question we should be asking ourselves is this: Does my actions and speech reflect my belief in God?

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