PRAYER AND FAITH

od is love, and those who worship in the spirit of love will not be forsaken. I am my Father's son and am not to be worshiped. To make me the object of worship and to put God in the background is wrong. So I say, you must love the Lord thy God with all your heart and soul and mind and your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:30-31), and offer your prayers, too, in the name of truth. If any name need be used, then let it be the name of the Father, for his name is high over all and the only name under heaven or earth that can bring salvation.

What I have said applies to many other declarations contained in the Bible, such as, "he that believeth on the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved" (Acts 15:11), and "there is no other name under heaven whereby men can be saved" (Acts 4:12). These are enunciations of a false doctrine that is misleading to the people who accept these declarations as literally true. Of course, if these declarations are interpreted to mean he who believes in the truths that I teach, then the objection is not so great. Even then, the declarations do not go far enough, for people may believe in these truths and that belief may be a mental one, accepted merely by the mind's faculties without the exercise of any of the soul's qualities. When faith is added to this mental belief, then this doctrine will be truly stated and it will be understood what is necessary for one's redemption.

Belief and faith are not the same. Belief is of the mind; faith is of the soul. Belief can and does change as phenomena and apparent facts change. Faith, when truly possessed, never changes; faith possessed by a soul causes all the longings and aspirations of that soul to become things of real existence, just as the house that is built upon solid rock can never be shaken or destroyed (Matthew 7:24). Believe in God and trust in me, for you will not be disappointed, and pray for God's love to enter your soul.