This Thing Called Faith

Faith can move moutains and faith (in God) can raise the dead!

Jesus always did the will of His Father in heaven for he had faith that God's power was absolute! Jesus demonstrated to us  the mighty power of faith, even in raising the dead!
Jesus always did the will of His Father in heaven for he had faith that God's power was absolute! Jesus demonstrated to us the mighty power of faith, even in raising the dead! | Source
The believers waited patently for the day Pentecost and sure enough it came!
The believers waited patently for the day Pentecost and sure enough it came! | Source

Oh no, not the "F" word!

I once read a hub from an Atheist writer who was convinced that the world would reach a form of Utopia if religion just up and disappeared! That somehow if people could be more rational and scientific, things would improve. The strange thing is that I use to believe the same thing! Once in my life, I saw most religions as a form of a parasite that wanted to control others. In fact, sometimes I wonder what it was that changed me, in such a powerful way.

After meditating on this for sometime, I finally came to the conclusion that one of the most significant things that brought about the transformation in me, was my mother's prayers and her faith. There were times that she had more faith in me, than I did in myself!

From conversations I have had with the Atheist and Agnostic minded, they seem to view faith as “unscientific” and not associated with the real world! Even so, more and more scientific studies are starting to show the benefits of prayer. There are studies that make it appear that prayer affects the brain and even can change it!

It also appears that different forms of prayer affects the brain in different ways. For example, some form of prayer and meditation activates the frontal lobe of the brain, while “spirit filled prayers” or what have been called speaking in tongues actually quiets the frontal lobe! This brings to mind what scriptures say about "be still and know that I am God." What if the very act of speaking in tongues puts us in communication with God and shuts down are normal thinking process? Farfetch, you say? Not according to the evidence that has been accumulated so far by the scientist who have researched the subject.

In fact, I supply a link to a very powerful video that delves into the results of one of those studies. This video by the way, was produced by news station and NOT a religious organization. As I have said before, in the finale analogise science will point towards God and yet, many will still refuse to believe this! With some people you can raise someone from the dead in the name of Jesus and they still will not believe!

I have personally experienced a gradual increase in my faith and answered prayers that was as simple as resolving computer problems to restoring the sight in my right eye after being blinded for two days by a freak accident! I also have had seen and felt the results of the Holy Spirit working in my life and others around me. My faith did not increase because of what others told me, but because of what I have witness first hand! Just like speaking in tongues (also known as Glossolalia), I did not understand the power and the reality of this, until I myself have experienced It!

Now that I have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, I have a whole new insight and understanding of the Bible and the things within the scriptures that use to baffle and infuriate me. As I exercise my faith, and it grows day by day, many things that were an issue before do not have power over me as much as in the past. More and more I experience the "peace that passes understanding."


Brain food

This is a fascinating study that seems to to show the affects of prayer  on our brains.  Could it be that the brain was made for prayer?
This is a fascinating study that seems to to show the affects of prayer on our brains. Could it be that the brain was made for prayer? | Source

Prayer works, what more can I say?

This video is profound and puts it all in perspective!

A Personal invatitation to "come see!"

When it comes to the "baptism of the Holy spirit" different denominations have separate viewpoints on when you receive this baptism. Most seem to feel that this happen when one is baptised with water however, I was only nine years old when I became baptised and did not have the kind of experience that I have had just recently when I DID receive an out poring of the Holy Spirit. For me, it is something which takes time. Drawing on my own personal experiences, I found out that I first had to repent of my sins and then surrender to the will of God. This by the way, was a very difficult thing for me to do for I have a rebellious spirit and have been blinded by arrogance for arrogance sake alone! I have often thought I was better than someone else, when that was a complete foolishness!

I had to return to a child-like state and not over complicate things with my obsession with analysing everything to death! I had to let go of the things I did know and embrace the things that I did know. For that which I do know is that God loved me and died so I would have the opportunity to join Him in His kingdom!

There is so much more I can say on this subject and yet in this case I believe less is more, and I will end this with a personal invitation to those who may be in North Eastern Florida to "come see" what activated faith is all about and drop in to worship with a church that is dedicated to promoting the love of Jesus! (Our link below, The Connecting Point).




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MonetteforJack 5 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

I am happy to read that from non-believer HighVoltageWriter became a believer and it all truly started with a Mother's Faith. This attests that constant prayers (communication) with God really works. It is just a matter of time and understanding on our part that we can truly feel God's presence and affirm our faith in Him.


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Highvoltagewriter 5 years ago from Savannah GA. Author

Thank you Jack for stopping by and welcome to HubPages!


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MonetteforJack 5 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

Thank you also! It's me, Maria :)


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Highvoltagewriter 5 years ago from Savannah GA. Author

whoops! That what happens when you assume, after I have read your profile it now makes since, sorry for calling you Jack!


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MonetteforJack 5 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

Hahaha! It's funny, really and it's alright, there's nothing to it. The nice thing is called Faith is when you have it, you can laugh and see good humor.


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MonetteforJack 5 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

Uh-oh ... typo error ... The nice thing (cancel the verb "is") called Faith ... sorry.


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wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY

HVW--Thanx for writing this awesome Hub! I've been reading, "The Walk of the Spirit, the Walk of Power" by David Roberson, he delves into the underlying principles of praying in the Holy Spirit. I have noted changes in my inner man as I've committed myself to this type of prayer, there is a greater peace, a sharpening of the conscience, and greater revelation of the Word of God. Thanx again for sharing!


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Highvoltagewriter 5 years ago from Savannah GA. Author

Thank you so much for dropping in and I will have to check out the book you mentioned! I found this study on prayer totally fascinating!


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

While not particularly religious, I do almost always have faith that things will work out for me, and this has suited me just fine.


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands

Hi again :)

Thanks for directing me to this hub, HighVoltageWriter :)

I have no doubt that the way the brain behaves, when we have faith, and when we pray, might be able to be recorded scientifically.

What is actually going on here, I don't know, because I am not a scientist.

However, evidence that prayer affects our brains is not evidence that God exists.

I admit that my agnosticism seems to become closer to atheism day by day, but I remain agnostic, because of the unexplained. So I remain agnostic about this, too.

What you seem to be saying, based on your quotes, etc, is that the fact that prayer affects our brains, is not only evidence for the existence of God, but evidence for the existence of God as described in the Bible ~ which, of course, it is not.

Personally, I cannot equate 'the peace that surpasses all understanding' with the aggression of God as described in the Old Testament. No amount of faith could change this, because the OT / Hebrew Scriptures describe God ordering the slaughter of tiny babies, etc. etc.

I haven't watched the videos, yet, as I don't think that my signal will be strong enough, but I'll get back to you when I have seen them :)

PS. My mother is also a lady of great faith :)


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Highvoltagewriter 5 years ago from Savannah GA. Author

Hello Trish! Thanks for taking the time to pop in and read this, and yet I must say you never fail to amaze me! You write... "However, evidence that prayer affects our brains is not evidence that God exists." What else would be the reason? Why would our brains "evolve" this way if it was not the case?

I am glad that your mother has great faith for this means what happened to me can also happen to you! Have you every ask the question WHY your mother has such great faith and then REALLY LISTEN to her answer?


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands

Hi again :)

Whatever our brains do, and however they respond to stimuli, cannot possibly be proof of the existence of God ~ and certainly not of the Biblical God.

As to why our brains have evolved to believe in God and to follow religion, Richard Dawkins devotes a chapter of his book 'The God Delusion' to this.

One possibility relates to parent-child relationships. It benefits children to do as their parents tell them. It keeps them safe. This, in turn, obviously benefits their tribe. Usually this would include telling them to keep away from wild animals, etc, but, for those who believe in hell, it might also include advising them on how to keep out of that dangerous place, too.

Wild animals are a proven real danger? Is hell? ~ No. Hell is a place based on faith. But children are told that it is real and they go on believing that it is real. They absorb this information from babyhood and the space in the brain is there, ready for it, because it is meant for protecting the species from dangers.

Most people used to believe / respond like this ~ especially those who attended faith schools, where the parental warnings were re-inforced.

My Mum went to an RC faith school from age 3. My Dad did not, but he, too, was a believer. In effect, all schools were Anglican faith schools, here in the UK, and almost all families were church-going; all believers. My Dad only started questioning things when he met an atheist, in the RAF.

That is how this sort of thing works. Children are told things by parents. They believe it. The information is re-inforced by others. They go on believing it, until this belief is challenged. By then, it is often too ingrained to be questioned.


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Tony L Smith 5 years ago from Macon

Great job and insight,

Mind rules because mind leads to actions, which produce results. Jesus said out of the adundance of the heart(mind of soul) the mouth speaks(or acts). Transformation of the mind is why Holy Spirit was sent...to transform us to the image of Christ.

We must 'Meta Neo' and rule or have Godly dominion on earth.

I loved the thoughts about Holy Spirit and baptism

You might enjoy http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Gods-desir...


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Highvoltagewriter 5 years ago from Savannah GA. Author

Thank you Tony for your input and I have now link up to your hub for it was truly inspiring!


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Highvoltagewriter 5 years ago from Savannah GA. Author

So Trish, what you speak of to me is Christianity for the sake of tradition. Having an awakening though a personal experience with Jesus Christ is what I am talking about and it has nothing to do with my brain evolving! Why don't check out the link above? I found it intriguing!


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands

Hello HighVoltageWriter, :)

You now say that 'what I am talking about ... has nothing to do with my brain evolving!' but you did first ask: 'Why would our brains "evolve" this way if it was not the case?'

I have given a possible explanation, in reply, based on what I just read in Dawkins' book.

Now, that experiment ...

Apparently, 'There are studies that make it appear that prayer effects the brain and even can change it!'

But these studies look at brains, not at whether or not God exists. Non-Christian meditation probably has the same effect.

An experiment showing what goes on in the human brain is evidence only for what goes on in the human brain and is not relevant to the question of the existence of God or Jesus.


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Faithful Daughter 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

I love your testimony of faith. I too came to my knees before God because of my sister's prayers. I had a controlling spirit that would not allow God to take reign in my life. After many humbling lessons, I joyfully and gladly turn everything to Him now.

I believe we both watched the same clip on TV about prayers in tongue and how the brain reacts; this did not come as a surprise to me, and I think it does not come as a surprise to believers either. When we pray in the Spirit, we are surrendering to the will of God and the Holy Spirit shows us how to pray. Romans 8:26-27 comes to mind. It says,

"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will."

Here's something that sadly non-believers only attribute to science, our bodies were made to heal/repair itself. Yes, our God designed our body and mind in a marvelous way. Being a person that likes science, the more I delved into it, the more I saw God in our design and the design of the universe. The evidence is everywhere; it cannot be denied. God is behind it all!

Voted up and beautiful!


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Highvoltagewriter 5 years ago from Savannah GA. Author

Thank you so much for dropping in...for it is a pleasure to hear from another believer! God bless you!

P.S. Also I want to thank you fro the great fan mail!


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CloudExplorer 5 years ago from New York City

This is a brilliant display of powerful belief & triumph over dis-belief. I have been puzzled by life at times, had thoughts that it was to simple, then felt at times it was far to difficult to handle overall.

My point here is, no matter what's thrown at you, if you lack faith in a higher order, or power over things you will definitively be lost. I wholeheartedly agree with you on the fact that faith is powerful, and can move anything.

My mom wasn't a church goer, so it was tough for me to adopt any feelings of faith, or belief as a young person. It wasn't till many years later that I ran into my own personal experiencing, just as you've pointed out yours, which lead you into a restored faith, and obliterated doubts & dis-belief in a creator that loves us all.

My belief in God today, is powerful as well, and I've learned to navigate my life by being thankful, humble, and mindful of his Glory in the heavens. For those who still are non-believers, their minds have time to heal, to seek a spiritual source of light again, & to simply be grateful for what has been freely given to them, "Life".

Thanks for such a wonderful, and beautifully expressed hub here, I'm looking forward to years of reading yours.


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Highvoltagewriter 5 years ago from Savannah GA. Author

Hello cloudexplorer for dropping in, you have great insights!


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teachertalking1 4 years ago

Thanks for your wonderful testimony of belief! I love that you shared the power of your mom's faith. As a mother and believer, I know first hand of the power of praying over my three sons. I know your mother's heart must be so full of joy for you!

Never underestimate the power of a mother's prayers!


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Highvoltagewriter 4 years ago from Savannah GA. Author

Hello teachertalking1! Thank you so much for confirming what I already expected... a mother prayers have extreme power, for it the love that a mother feels for her child must be close to what our Heavenly Father feels for us!

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