IT is surprising, but the New Testament teaches that there is only ONE way to please God.
Hebrews 11 v 6 says : But without FAITH it is impossible to please Him (God)
On the face of it that would seem to be somewhat strange, to simple. What about all the rest of the Bible or the Christian life Lord ?
But Romans 10v17 adds a bit more depth to it : So then FAITH comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
FAITH is the doorway to ALL of the Word of God. No wonder God says we can't please Him without it. There are two ways to read the Bible, with FAITH and without FAITH. I know of somebody who read the entire Bible from cover to cover at one time in his life. He didn't become a Christian and had no interest in it afterwards for the rest of his life. Paul talked about such people when he said, 'they heard the message of the Gospel but it did them no good, because when they heard it they did not accept it with FAITH (Heb 4v2). Another version says, 'because it wasn't mixed with FAITH'.
Even as Christians, though we have FAITH in Jesus, we can still read the word and not mix it with FAITH. In a lot of Churches around the world there are people who attend every week and read the Bible every so often, and who are saved (hopefully) but do very little for God. Why? Because they do not mix FAITH with their experience of God and the Bible.
Take praying for example. God hears our prayers, but to have prayers that are always answered and are powerful, I must pray in FAITH.
Jesus taught, 'whatever you desire when you pray, believe that you have received it and you shall have it'.(Mark 11v24)
I had an experience while I was a Taxi driver. An Indian lady had been helped to my Cab at the rank, by some of her co workers. She was in a lot of pain and wanted to be driven to a destination about 30 kms away. I thought they should take her to a doctor. I didn't want the responsibility if she got worse. But she insisted so off we went. After a while I began to think that I should pray for this woman. She was obviously a Hindu by the Red mark on her forehead and her jewellery. I said that I was a Christian and that the Bible taught that if we laid our hands on people God would heal them (Mark 16). She agreed and I put my hand on her arm and asked the Father, in Jesus, name to heal her.
As I continued driving I was trying to sneak a look at her to see if she was healed. After a short time the Holy Spirit bought to my attention that I was hoping and hope was not faith. I said to the Lord, 'OK I believe she is healed, not because I see it, but because your word has promised healing. Almost immediately I was surprised to hear quiet singing. It was my passenger. The painful condition had been completely healed.
That is why one version of the New Testament gives Hebrews 11v1 as : FAITH is the substance of things hoped, for the evidence of things not seen, FAITH perceiving as real fact, what is not revealed to the senses.
Jesus said it quite a few times: 'Have FAITH in God'.