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Is The Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate Of God? Or Is It Evil?

Did you know the Word of God (the Christian Bible) speaks directly against what governments are doing with Covid-19 vaccine mandates? Get the facts here

¿Viene de Dios el mandato de vacuna contra el Covid-19? O ¿acaso es malo?

¿Sabía que la Palabra de Dios (la Biblia cristiana) condena de manera directa lo que los gobiernos están haciendo a través de los mandatos de vacuna contra el Covid-19? Obtenga los hechos aquí.


The Third Man by Angela Sheffield

Was There A Curse On Helen's Romantic Life?

The Third Man by Angela Sheffield is based on a true story. Read chapter one now!

Should A Christian Practice Yoga Or Pilates? The Shocking Truth

Perhaps you practice yoga for health reasons, or to reduce stress. But, do you really know the diabolical goal of any form or style of yoga, including pilates? Get your answers here

La verdad espeluznante sobre el yoga revelada por la Biblia cristiana

Quizás practiques yoga por motivos de salud o para reducir el estrés. Pero, ¿realmente conoces el objetivo diabólico de cualquier forma o estilo de yoga, incluido el pilates? Obten tus respuestas aquí.

Communicating With The Dead: Learn The Shocking Truth

The spirit you think is mom, dad, or some other loved one from beyond the grave is NOT your loved one. But, what about the "proof" that the living can indeed talk to the dead? Let God's Word open your eyes to a deception that is pure evil. Read Spirits Of The Deceased

Comunicarse con los muertos: La impactante verdad

El espíritu que parece ser tu madre, padre o algún otro ser querido tuyo desde el más allá NO es tu ser querido. Pero, ¿qué hay de "la prueba" de que los vivos pueden comunicarse con los muertos? Permite que la Palabra de Dios te abra los ojos para que veas el engaño que es de la maldad pura. Te invitamos a leer ¿Están los muertos entre los vivos?

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Capital Punishment Is Sanctioned By The Bible

Christians and believers in the Bible, the Word of God calls for the death penalty for first degree murder, rape, and other acts of violence. The Bible tells us to behold the goodness AND the severity of God whose Word--including in the New Testament--does NOT speak against capital punishment Read the scriptural proof now.

La Biblia sanciona la pena capital

Cristianos y creyentes en la Biblia, la Palabra de Dios pide la pena de muerte para el asesinato en primer grado, la violación y otros actos de violencia. La Biblia nos dice que contemplemos la bondad Y la severidad de Dios, cuya Palabra -incluso en el Nuevo Testamento- NO habla en contra de la pena capital. Lea ahora la prueba bíblica.

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¿Qué tiene que ver conmigo? por Teófila Gottfried

Lo que leemos en la Biblia tiene que ver con todos los seres humanos, sean cristianos o judíos, ateos o agnósticos, budistas, musulmanes o adherentes a alguna de las filosofías o nuevas religiones que surgen en el mundo. ¿Por qué? Ver mayor información sobre este interesante libro.

The Biblical Definition Of Real Faith In God


The eleventh chapter of the New Testament book of Hebrews is dedicated in its entirety to all believers in Jesus who are willing to fight the good fight of faith in God. Such a fight can be lost without a clear understanding of just what it means to truly have faith in God. The scripture of Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as, "...the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." What does that mean?

The word substance is defined as being reality and solidity (The American Century Dictionary). A thing that is hoped for, obviously, is absent from the natural and physical life of the one who hopes for it. How then can a non-existent thing be made reality? The Bible teaches that things that aren't real are made real by the believer giving them substance. How does a believer give this kind of substance and reality? He "creates" substance by performing the works of faith that are associated with and lead to the believer's hope becoming reality. Works are physical, tangible actions that a believer performs before his hope is made reality. The thing hoped for is invisible, inaudible and intangible, but the works of faith are always visible, audible and tangible. These are the qualities that give non-existent things substance. James 2:17-18 says, "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead being alone. Yea, a man may say, 'Thou hast faith, and I have works. Shew me they faith without thy works and I will shew thee my faith by my works'".

Consideration of real life examples is needed to fully comprehend the spiritual truths surrounding the subject of faith in God. This is why the eleventh chapter of Hebrews enumerates so many real life examples of the works of faith. Verse 7 says, "By faith Noah...prepared an ark to the saving of his house." Noah's work of faith was the physical building of a visible, tangible ark before the arrival of what was still invisible, inaudible and intangible--his and his family's salvation from the cataclysmic flood. Verse seventeen says, "By faith Abraham, when he was tried (tested), offered up Isaac...." Abraham's work of faith was his physical, visible and tangible preparation for the real sacrifice of Isaac. The fact that God halted Abraham from following through to the performance of a sacrifice takes nothing away from this man's willingness to offer Isaac. Verse twenty-nine says, "By faith they (Israel) passed through the Red sea as by dry land which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned." The work of faith of the children of Israel was their visible and physical passage on dry land across a sea while the Promised Land which they hoped to possess was still invisible and not yet reality for them. This did not prevent them from taking physical steps towards it. All of these people gave substance and reality to their faith by their works. The serious Bible student who desires true faith in God may study the entire eleventh chapter of Hebrews which gives many more examples and sums it all up with verse thirty-two that says the writer wouldn't have the time it would require to go on and on citing examples of great victories obtained by faith.

Another real life and modern example helps comprehension. If a person who lives in California hopes to take a vacation in New York, he can put substance to his hope by physical preparation for his trip. If he's going to drive, he gets his car in top shape. If he's going to fly, take the train or bus, he purchases tickets. He packs bags, buys travel books and envisions the fun and relaxation he have once there. These are all physical, visible, tangible and audible things that he does. It is these things that put substance to his faith that he'll visit New York, a place his natural eyes can't yet see. If he doesn't believe he'll ever see New York, there's no need to take any physical action to bring a false hope to reality.

The scripture also defined faith as, "...the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). Evidence is defined as being available facts, circumstances, validity, statements, information and something admissible as testimony in a court of law (The American Century Dictionary). How can a thing that's not seen be an available fact, valid, true, a circumstance, or anything admissible as testimony in a court of law? Simply put, how can the eyes see what's truly not there? It must be remembered that the fact that the physical eye can't see invisible things doesn't incapacitate the spiritual eyes from seeing them. The mind has eyes also. These eyes can see things that aren't seen by the physical ones. The scripture of Ephesians 1:18 speaks of the eyes of one's understanding. Understanding takes place in the mind, in the soul. If there was no such thing as a "mind's eye", man wouldn't have an imagination.

Abraham and Sarah died physically before their natural eyes could see the host of natural and spiritual descendants given to them by God (Genesis 15:3-6, 17:15-16). This was a hope that was to be realized many years into the future, outside of their natural life span. Nevertheless, the same truths were at work. Abraham, Sarah, Isaac and all of the others that hoped with them, "Died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off (in their minds), and were persuaded of them, and embraced them..." (Hebrews 11:13).

Each individual believer in Christ Jesus must employ common sense and also seek the Lord to know what works of faith he is to do to put substance to his hopes if they are in agreement with the will of God. He must do the same to be able to view things hoped for with the eyes of his mind.


King James Version of The Holy Bible. Iowa Falls: World Bible, Inc.,

"Substance." The American Century Dictionary. 2nd ed. 1997. Print.

"Evidence." The American Century Dictionary. 2nd ed. 1997. Print.
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