Faith-Unconditional but not Blind Trust 1

Almost a year of reassuring myself that God loves me has led me to a single conclusion. Most pastors do not know what faith means or the biblical definition of faith is lost. I have become calmer and more spiritual as I constantly remind myself throughout each day that God loves me as Himself with all His Life just as I am just the way I am no matter what!

Those who have tried it consistently are experiencing the benefits. The saddest part is that some hardcore Christians are the ones who are resisting this attempt to redefine faith. So what is this new definition for faith I am rambling on about?

“Faith is being deliberately convinced to a certain degree that another loves you unconditionally.”

So if I am convinced that God loves me then I have faith in Him. If I have faith in my fellow human then it means I have deliberately convinced myself that he or she loves me as himself unconditionally. The main question one may ask is why the word deliberate in this definition. This is because unlike confidence which is trust that is developed based on observation of tangible evidence. Faith is a decision to trust someone in spite of imperfections that they may have to love you unconditionally.

It hurts to assume that one is trustworthy and to find out later that all was not as you thought. The Bible says in Psalm 146:3

New Living Translation
Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.
English Standard Version
Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
The two translations are contrasted to show that confidence in man is futile.

But is it the same with faith?

Men seem to quote this verse and a similar one, Jeremiah 17:5 but they are about confidence in man not faith in man

New Living Translation
This is what the LORD says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the LORD.

English Standard Version
Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD.

Faith is not blind trust because it does not turn a blind eye to a person’s faults it just chooses to ignore them as a basis for forming relationship. Who will have faith in a God who was beaten and killed who is alleged to have risen up again? That is faith you see His weakness but can believe He is God and He loves you unconditionally. Yes the One who cannot save Himself from the Cross can save you from Eternal Death.

We have to therefore begin to learn faith and move in it to the glory of God. The just shall live by faith. The righteous ones shall have their salvation through their deliberate conviction that God loves them unconditionally. Not their blind trust but their ignoring the human weaknesses of Jesus and seeing the Divine in Him.

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Imagination run wild

Imagine, Imagine a Ghana…
Imagine a Ghana where all the 600000 children aged 2 years will get a University placement in 2034
Imagine a Ghana where a child would study all his subjects in his mother-tongue from nursery to University with English and French taught as languages at all levels of education for communication.
Imagine a Ghana where we make sure that 70% of these children would graduate in Science and Technology.
Imagine a Ghana where we export doctors and engineers and not just oil and gold.
Imagine a Ghana with all examinations by WAEC meeting IGCSE/O-level standards and AICE/A-level standards for even poor children with translations in all local languages
Imagine a Ghana where a child will go to school with a laptop
Imagine a Ghana where University VC’s, Deans and Heads of Departments are elected by students
Imagine a Ghana where the University’s are three years in duration using a British-style curricullum
Imagine a Ghana where all the 439 in existence SHS have enough facilities for 2000 students each
Imagine a Ghana where all University students are pass out in stipulated time for their courses rather than spend years in University
Imagine a Ghana where it is as easy to get a Legon degree as it is to get a MIT degree.
Imagine a Ghana where there are professors for every course in the University rather than a single professor teaching up to 14 courses a semester.
Imagine a Ghana where student loans actually cover the cost of a university education
Imagine a Ghana which does not lose brilliant students to scholarship programs in Europe, and North America most of whom will never work for Ghana.
Imagine a Ghana where doctors trained abroad are not frustrated when they try to join the medical force and end up returning to Europe where they are quickly accepted
Imagine a Ghana where child abuse by teachers is not swept under the carpet by headteachers but is punished by both the GES and the criminal justice system.
Imagine a Ghana where a girl who gets pregnant is allowed to give birth and get back to school to excel.
Imagine a Ghana where all Polytechnics, Teacher Training Colleges, Agricultural Colleges, Nurses Training Colleges and Technical Institutes are degree-awarding and part of the University system
Imagine a Ghana where all have a right to attend school up to graduate level
Imagine a Ghana that allows parents to pay school fees on a pay-as you-go basis if they are poor.
Imagine a Ghana which insists that sports, volunteering, and other extracurricular activities be available for ALL students to participate in.
Imagine a Ghana where children with disabilities graduate University so long as they can be educated.
Imagine a Ghana where the National Service Scheme actually runs as military scheme like in Germany.
Imagine a Ghana where parents are not allowed to go scot-free for failing to pay child support or abandoning the child.
Imagine a Ghana where boarding schools are not just for the rich but each of our 600000 babies will get a place.
Imagine a Ghana where farmers, seamstresses, masons, drivers and hairdressers are in short supply but there are plenty of Ghanaian doctors, pilots, engineers and scientists.
Imagine an educated Ghana
Imagine a developed Ghana!!!
Long Live Ghana!!!!

Ghana and the education quagmire

Dr Corren,
I am glad u indicated which countries are currently under ebola infestation. Others just say W.Africa or Africa and leave it at that. Ghana has escaped so far. The problem is not non-existent or even lax laws but rather poor enforcement and low capacity to enforce laws. We really do not have a cultural problem. In the precolonial times African states were strong and very much capable of enforcing laws. After 19th and 20th century colonialism and the creation of artificial borders most of the post-colonial states have struggled to impose their legitimacy on their citizenry. It is a political rather than a cultural issue. Unfortunately I hear so much from white Westerners about African problems beiing cultural when it is fundamentally not so.
Most Africans know how not to be dirty. In traditional villages especially you usually don’t get away with much as you will expose yourself to fines and public ridicule. However multi-cultural cities have no means of imposing such state sponsored discipline and people are used to living under such conditions now.
Its the same thing that happened when law enforcement was lax in the West in the Victorian times. So how then is it cultural. You have societies that are transitioning from rural agrarian to urban industrialised so that is what will happen until the transition is complete.
Judging by the educational budgets of most African countries the transition will be slow and painful but I digress. Ebola has nothing to do with African culture and all to do with African politics.

gruphy

The strangest thing to note about Ghanaians is that we love education. However we have an educational system which is built to create people with low self-esteem. Growing up I got to a point when I realised that it was nonsensical to train myself to pass exams when all that will eventually go down the drain in a flurry of moral failings brought on by insecurity. I find it a pity that most Ghanaian children take Guidance and Counselling for granted. The schools also do not take the time to look for qualified child psychologists to perform the role of counsellors.

Why not train scientists in Ghana in their own mother-tongues? Its possible Why not train scientists in Ghana in their own mother-tongues? Its possible

Instead if you are a married teacher with kids then that qualifies you automatically to be a Counsellor. We need more. I went through a painful process of discovering myself spiritually while others were busy chewing, pouring and…

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Ghana and the education quagmire

The strangest thing to note about Ghanaians is that we love education. However we have an educational system which is built to create people with low self-esteem. Growing up I got to a point when I realised that it was nonsensical to train myself to pass exams when all that will eventually go down the drain in a flurry of moral failings brought on by insecurity. I find it a pity that most Ghanaian children take Guidance and Counselling for granted. The schools also do not take the time to look for qualified child psychologists to perform the role of counsellors.

Why not train scientists in Ghana in their own mother-tongues? Its possible

Why not train scientists in Ghana in their own mother-tongues? Its possible

Instead if you are a married teacher with kids then that qualifies you automatically to be a Counsellor. We need more. I went through a painful process of discovering myself spiritually while others were busy chewing, pouring and passing which I do not regret one bit.
The other day one of these high-achieving students posted on FB something that was a pure example of reverse racism-where one agrees with negative racial stereotypes concerning yourself. He should have known better but how? He was a poster child of an educational system which sees itself as on a mission to Westernise Ghanaians. Funny thought.
The Japanese and Koreans still keep their culture though they have studied in modern environments. This is because they learn in their own languages. Here we are told if we do so the country will fall apart from ethnic violence.

That is a wholly unlearned posture. We do need to raise awareness about the fact that our educational standards are not falling but rather they are totally wrong. An educational system which is set to pass only about 25% of candidates who sit an exam is wrong. An educational system that assumes that all Ghanaians speak English like Englishmen is wrong. An educational system that is built to make children become insecure adults is wrong.
We need an educational system that will allow children to learn and write exams in the language they best understand be it English or a Ghanaian language of their choice. An educational system which allows at least 75% of our children who enter kindergarten to enter and graduate the Universities. Its high time we stop throwing most of our precious human resources under the train. HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT IS DEVELOPMENT!!!

Nii