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What Is Faith? Paperback – October 1, 1996
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About the Author
John Gresham Machen was born at Baltimore on July 28, 1881, the middle of three sons born to a southern lawyer, Arthur Machen, whose brother had fought for the Confederates in the Civil War. Some time in his youth Machen came to a personal faith in Christ, but there was no dramatic conversion experience. In later years he was not even able to recall the date (4 January 1896) when he had publicly professed faith and become a church member in Franklin Street Presbyterian Church. He was educated at Johns Hopkins and Princeton Universities, Princeton Theological Seminary and the Universities of Marburg and Göttingen in Germany.
Machen taught at Princeton Seminary from 1906 until its reorganisation in 1929. Then he left to help found Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, where he served as professor of New Testament until his death from pneumonia on New Year s Day, 1937. In 1936 Machen was instrumental with others in founding what became the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, and was its first Moderator.
Machen s books published by the Trust are The Christian View of Man, What is Faith?, God Transcendent, and New Testament Introduction.
[See also Ned B. Stonehouse, J. Gresham Machen: A Biographical Memoir (Banner of Truth, 1987); Geoffrey Thomas, 'J. Gresham Machen', The Banner of Truth, No. 214 (July 1981), pp. 12-20 and Nos. 233-238 (February-July 1983) .]
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One can use vague references to Christian understanding and come up with a theology of sorts that conflicts with the Bible. Do the facts and arguments stated in the Bible used in the formulation of the person's thinking. What the person believes. Yes what the person has Faith in.
What is Faith? I have faith in the person of Jesus Christ. Your Faith is summed up in a creed. What is the object of your Faith. If you say Jesus Christ, is your Faith consistent with the facts stated in the Bible and arguments contained in scripture? Do you choose to ignore what is written in the Bible. How do you perceive God's immanence? Is God the whole, is God the whole of the created, or does God exist external to all created, but perceives all and knows all and controls all? Man needs revelation from God to know absolute truth. God's creation is made up of infinite parts, but God does not make up the whole. He exist independently.
J. Gresham Machen makes a distinction between Faith in the Father and Faith in the Son. To know each person of the Godhead and how it relates to you. As a created being that has rebelled against the will of God. One who needs a to be reconciled to the Father through the action of the Son. To believe in the Son and repent for ones sins. To Believe what Jesus taught. To believe man is condemned to hell unless he repents. This is what Jesus taught and what is recorded in the Bible. In the book is a long discussion how modern theologians attempt to avoid this fact. Also is a size-able discussion about Justification, atonement, distinction between works that come forth because of Faith and the incorrect concept that works that aid in a persons salvation (the Books argument). Jesus came to die die so you would not have to pay the consequences of sin. J. Gresham Machen goes through extensive arguments with his postmodern critics.
the book is solid and unanswered by liberal scholars, as is his "The Virgin Birth of Christ" which I also highly recommend. You want answers for yourself that you can share with others, believers or non-, this is a good place to begin an informed and intelligent answer for your true Biblical faith.
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