'And they told the woman, Now we no longer believe (trust, have faith) just because of what you said; for we have heard Him ourselves [personally], and we know that He truly is the Savior of the world, the Christ.'
For those interested in additional thoughts touching on this same theme, there are some great musings over at, http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=108664028&blogID=354372627
by, Darin Hufford re: 'The Jesus Circus'.
Some thoughts I was pondering on and later shared with a friend this morning.
This may not be the best time to be thinking or asking this question re: my state of mind, but what the heck...the thought occurred to me this morning after looking at some emails.. in my opinion, it seems as good as things are via the high tech age we live in, aka the www/net, is the faith of Joe ordinary Christian, simply the by product of what others are saying, seeing, for i.e. 'I hope to see you at the IN CHRIST/Exchanged Life (or whatever) Conference this year', or many many other similar settings???
Don't get me wrong, its wonderful to be able to freely share, build one another up, but the thought occurred to me as I was struck with what I'm asking you is this...the story where Jesus meets up with the Samaritan woman, you know what follows, she comes to 'believe'' right, but then after blabbing it all about/around how this man Jesus told her such wonderful news, it says the whole town went out to see what was what.
I guess what I'm getting at/to, is this, if our faith lies in or on what others have seen, said etc, is it really real at all if all we have is a banking on others' experiences?
But I have been pondering on this issue for a while within the body, there seems to be such an emptiness, that seems to be met by what others are seeing/saying vs getting to KNOW Him alone, personally, with no shortcuts.
Regarding the Jn 4 passage, I was thinking of this as well... 'That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us. That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
In my opinion I do not see this declaration to have been a substitute for those believers then, or now of being able to know Him, NOT simple because of what, or who others say He is!