Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 1 Study # 4
July 25, 2010
Dayton, Texas
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<008> Thesis: In order for "faith" to stand in the face of the pressures of contradiction, the "believer" must understand God's use of intermediate agents so that the "faith" rests in God but recognizes His desire to communicate "Life" to others. Introduction: Thus far in our studies we have considered the implications of motivation, representation, and the distance "Truth" maintains from humanity in terms of its essential content. When self-seeking is removed from motivation, representation has a chance to be legitimate, and when the content of that representation is divorced from the wisdom of men and human instrumentality, man has a chance to understand reality. At stake in this entire scenario is man's participation in "Life" or "Death". This evening we are going to consider a question that automatically arises as soon as these four issues come together: "Life", the roots of the content of Truth, the process of Truth's movement into the hearts and minds of men, and the motivation of the agents of the process. That question is this: why does God not dispense with all of the complications and simply do what He wishes? If "motivation" is such a problem, why get into the use of those whose motives can destroy so much? If "representation" complicates things so badly that men can easily be misled, why use a representative? If the flaws of humanity threaten the ability of men to embrace the Truth, why tie faith to things human?