John Gibson Paton was a missionary to New Hebrides. He was translating the Gospel of John into the native language. He could not find a word for believe. The natives were cannibals. There was no trust between then. They had no word for it. He asked one of his helpers to describe what he was doing. He was sitting in a chair. He lifted his feet off the floor. The native told him he was resting his whole weight on the chair. That was what he used to translate believe: “to rest one’s whole weight on Jesus.”
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