Ascribe: (v) to attribute something to a causedictionary with letter A

Now that we know that “ascribe” is not the traveling companion of a Pharisee, may we take a look at what possibly could or should be ascribed to our lives and virtues?

  • My hope defines my flexibility.
  • My faith advertises my endurance.
  • My love is a beacon to my passion.

At least, this is what I believe.

I do meet people who have a great impetus to love, but they have not followed through on their faith and hope, so their affection is often temporary.

Some individuals ascribe to faith a religion about religious matters which offers no hope or love to the world around them.

To see the value of the human journey and the purpose for spirituality, you must ascribe faith, hope and love to what you do in the proportion which causes this trio to not only fellowship with one another, but become dependent on each other’s involvement.

I must have hope for mankind–otherwise my faith will be solely in God, when He insists that I include others. And in the process of including others, it’s a tremendous idea to find a way to love them instead of treating them like pets or pests.

What do I ascribe to my personal success, such as it is?

My hope needs my faith and my faith generates my love.

I would be frightened to disassemble them, because in doing so the whole system would fall apart and tumble to the ground … like a house of cards.


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Acts (Book of)

Words from Dic(tionary)

by J. R. Practix

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Acts:  a New Testament book immediately following the Gospels and relating the history of the early Church.

During the several times in my life when I have read the Bible from cover to cover—and let me candidly admit that even though there IS a blessing in the perusing, I would also have to deem it a chore—I discovered that the Bible has so much arcane language which does not fall into my purview and ideas which can be interpreted so many different ways, that it certainly demands a gentle spirit for consumption.

This is definitely true of the Book of Acts. While some people critique the Gospels which have the accounts of the life of Jesus, in being abbreviated in detail, focused on a particular audience of the day, the Book of Acts is really like a corporate press release.

First of all, you have to consider that the time span covered in the entire work is between sixty and seventy years. Once it’s condensed and crushed together into its twenty-eight chapters, you feel like it’s a description of a couple of weekends’ vacationing in Jerusalem. The huge transitions in plot, miraculous achievements and even the struggles seem monumental rather than the typical day-to-day inch-worm progress which is actually accomplished by human beings.

But there IS one thing we certainly learn from the Book of Acts: when Christians and Jews tried to combine their theologies, it fails miserably.

I’m not saying that Christians and Jews can’t get along as folks and friends, but the faith that was established by Jesus of Nazareth was not exactly complementary to the Law of Moses.

When these early Jewish boys who were followers of Jesus tried to incorporate their Mom and Dad’s religion into the new movement, it just didn’t work out very well.

So because of that, a Pharisee named Saul took the journey to become Paul the Apostle, and translated the message to a whole world of non-circumcised individuals. So faith in God went from being an issue of whether your penis was trimmed or not to whether your heart was open.

It was an arduous task, which as I previously stated, took many decades. With the Book of Acts, we basically get the Reader’s Digest version, written by a physician named Luke.

Even though I appreciate te account and the inclusion of the struggle, I do think we miss the magnitude of human folly in the pursuit of better understanding.

Christianity wouldn’t have moved out of the Upper Room in Jerusalem had it not been for a guy named Paul.

And mankind would never have departed from the superstitions of Mesopotamia had it not been for the teachings … of Jesus.