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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Fruits of Our Fire

In my last post, I opened up with talking about a campfire. I consider fire to be a different state of matter than that of a gas. It is known as plasma. In this "heightened" state, matter has a few unique properties. Plasma has "free-flowing" electrons, so it can conduct electricity. These excited electrons also release their energy in the form of photons. Thus, plasma is bright. Believe it or not, that is not the only part of the electromagnetic spectrum energy released.
It also gives us infrared radiation (aka heat). With some, like the stars, they give us the entire spectrum. We, however, are just talking about a campfire, so we are just going to focus on the visible light and the infrared energy. So, when we see energy being released in the form of heat and light, due to high-energy free-flowing electrons from an almost "gaseous" substance, we will know that the "substance" is fire. If the substance does not have free-flowing electrons, it is not fire. If the substance does not release energy in the form of heat and light, it is not fire. If the substance has a definite volume that can be easily measured, it is not fire. Faith is the same way. Faith has certain "properties" which must exist in order for it to be faith. The people in the LDS church have some pretty interesting behavior, which is often criticized by others in other Christian denominations.
The main one is what we do. The people in the church are among the hardest working people for their religion than other religions. This has lead some people to believe that the so-called "Mormons" get to heaven by works. I assure you that it is not so, it is by grace that we are saved. We are nothing, but God is everything. We have a faith in Jesus Christ and His grace. It is by His infinite mercy we have obtained this desire to do works. Just like light, heat, and free-flowing electrons are natural outcomes of fire. Works are a natural outcome of faith. James taught, "... faith, if it hath not works, is dead..." (James 2: 17) One cannot say, "I believe in Jesus," then, turn around and break the law of chastity; and say he (or she) has faith. That is not faith, for there are no works demonstrating his (or her) faith. James wrote a situation which may come upon any of the new Christians. It begins with saying, "a man may say, 'Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works'" (inner quotation marks added) James said he would reply with saying, "... I will shew thee my faith by my works." (James 2: 18) So it is the same with us, in our day. We must show our faith by working. We must "stretch our faith." Sister Neilsen, a missionary serving in the North Carolina Charlotte Mission, stated it perfectly when she said, "True [faith is] believing unto action." (Of Blessings and Banana Pudding: Family Matters... to Christ)

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