“Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.” – Mark Twain
“Without faith it is impossible to please God.” – Hebrews 11:6
We all know that it takes faith to please God. We cannot say a simple prayer of salvation without some measure of faith taking place. We even have the courage to call ourselves a “Christian” because of that faith in God’s desire to forgive us, and thus begin the life-long process of becoming Christ-like.
But it seems to me — if my own walk with God is any indication of this process — that the moment we begin our walk with God we move immediately from the realm of faith and into the realm of self-justifying good works, while at the same time calling it a walk of faith. As such, we leave our theology of faith in place but move onto an actual lifestyle of pleasing God by those things that we do or accomplish throughout the day, month and year.