Faith is absolutely necessary, but only study makes us secure in our faith. A
student will always out-distance a believer. Believers hear and accept, a
student hears, proves and gains understanding. It will not make you popular. It
will make you determined. You must do more than listen to sermons or read
scriptures to gain understanding. You need a personal relationship with the
texts. Study each and every word, remembering some of them were possibly spoken
by Almighty G-D.
“Because religious belief, or non-belief, is such an important part of every person’s life, freedom of religion affects every individual. Religious institutions that use government power in support of themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths, or of no faith, undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of an established religion tends to make the clergy unresponsive to their own people, and leads to corruption within religion itself. Erecting the “wall of separation between church and state,” therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society.” -- Thomas Jefferson, to the Virginia Baptists (1808)