Re: virus: Thinking clearly about faith

Tim Rhodes (
Tue, 16 Feb 1999 02:22:54 -0800

Jake (whose posts I would seem to be compelled to respond to) wrote:

>BTW, wasn't there another "faith" story in the Bible, something about
>and the pit of lions and his faith saving him? Except I don't think that
>had a choice in that situation.

My personal favorite is from Matthew:

"Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up into the hills to by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost, " they said, and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Dont' be afraid."

"Lord, if it is you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water."

     "Come," he said.
     Then Peter got down out of the boat and walked on the water to Jesus.
But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!"

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?!?"

Thus endeth the lesson. (He said, returning the book to its place on his shelf, there between "The Little Prince" and "Illusions".

-Prof. Tim