Seed FaithThere are two billion Christians on earth. Christians have their faith rooted in the Scriptures of the Holy Bible, which we believe was written to believers, by men of faith who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. Throughout history more bibles have been sold than any other book. The Bible continues to be one of the best selling books in the world.
Although the United States of America is one of the youngest countries in the world (founded in 1776), it is one of the wealthiest. In addition, it is known as a Christian country. Two of our country's largest and most widely celebrated holidays are Christmas, at which time we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, and Easter, when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Every United States President from George Washington, the first President, to the George W. Bush, the current President, has taken the oath of office with his hand lying on the Holy Bible, and sworn before God to uphold the laws and Constitution of the United States. Most Presidents have used various biblical quotes and references in speeches and written documents, and have attended church regularly.
In the first book of the Holy Bible, (Genesis, chapter 8, verse 22) God's Word speaks about planting/sowing seeds and reaping the harvest; the book of Genesis was written thousands of years ago. Throughout the Bible the theme of sowing and reaping is used to show the process of bringing forth new life.
Every living thing including you and we come from a planted seed. All of the food we eat comes from the harvests that grow from planted seeds. In relatively recent times, psychologists have shown that our very thoughts are analogous to seeds, that the products of our lives are intimately bound up with the thoughts we think. Medical science is currently exploring ways in which our thinking affects our physical health.
Sacred texts are not the only sources showing the relationship between God and human beings. Anthropological, sociological, and other historical literature shows that human beings have had special places of worship almost as long human beings have been on the planet. Sources abound showing that we humans have honored God with a portion of our possessions and our earnings (or harvests). Honoring God in this way has always been connected with receiving the blessings of God in return.
We have seen a multitude of books written about God; it is not a new or novel idea. The principle is taught by every Christian denomination. Many Christians believe and follow the injunction of Jesus recorded in The Gospel According to St. Luke 6.38: "Give, and it shall be given unto you..."
There are now and there have always been - those who do not believe in giving to God, or in the principles of sowing and reaping. However, Saint Matthew's Evangelical Ecumenical Churches does believe in God's spiritual, physical, financial, and emotional blessings based on the Holy Scriptures. We preach positive thinking messages just as many of these books do. We agree with the writer of Proverbs 23.7: "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he."
With so many books available on this subject, we think it best for you to get some of the books and read them. Then, study the Holy Scriptures to see what the Holy Bible says about giving to God, and about sowing seeds of faith and reaping a harvest, and form your own opinion on the matter.
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