March 14, 2021
“…He who does not believe is condemned already.” (John 3:18) These words of Jesus are shocking in our society of so many different beliefs. How can we understand them?
- Why is faith so important? Why is belief in Jesus so important? Because it leads us to the light to do what is good.
- Whether a person has faith or rejects this belief in Jesus, this is their judgement which is not imposed on them by God but by a person’s personal decision.
- A sign or evidence by God to help us believe is hearing the witnesses of those who saw, heard and witnessed Jesus’s life on earth.
- Another sign is the interior graces or “helps” from the Holy Spirit.
- To help us believe, we also have our free response to decide for or against what is true and good.
- When Jesus says those, who reject this belief are condemned, He is talking about those who hate the light.
- Those who don’t know the Lord through no fault of their own, but try to do good as best as they know it, can achieve salvation.
“He who does not believe in the Son of God, is condemned already. Because he did not believe in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” Why is belief in Jesus, the Son of God, so important? Jesus says this faith comes from this inner decision, for the light and truth or against the light and the truth, seeking what is good and true or rejecting what is good and true.
In this intense battle that we’re in today, this is so important, as St. John says, “This is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith.” Having faith or not having faith often comes from the many decisions that we have made about whether we respond to what is good and true, or flee from it, to choose what is not. It’s helpful to remember three core elements in faith, the signs and evidence that God gives, interior helps that He gives (His Grace), and very importantly, our free response.
Faith is what makes it possible for us to overcome the world, a living faith which is acting through love, the core decision of our heart and soul, to seek what is good and true. “God sent His Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.”