May 30, 2018
1 Timothy 6:20-21… O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it, some have swerved from the faith.
I have, in my mind, been trying to explain the contradiction between knowledge and faith. Paul does a good job of it here. Knowledge that is not from God is falsely named. We don’t require knowledge to have faith. I just thought of an old axiom, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” For us, Christians, it is opposite that, “I’ll see it when I believe it.” Faith is our connection to the unseen world. “It is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
Our need to understand can undermine faith. I know people who get all excited when science “proves” something that they believed by faith. Proof is not the fulfillment of faith, belief is. Are you hoping for something? Has God given you faith to see it, yet? That is the step that is needed.
There is such a thing as false faith, too. It is more aptly named presumptuous faith. Some wild-eyed Christians imagine receiving something that God has not given them and they talk about receiving it when it has not happened. I am thinking of some who have claimed healing when it has not happened. They were told, “You are healed. Believe that, not the symptoms.”
I am on thin ice over deep water here. I am not trying to discredit anyone; I am merely responding to the text for today. When Jesus heals us, we are healed. Sickness is often known by symptoms. When the sickness is taken away, the symptoms are too. No amount of exercising mind over matter can change that. “Some, by pursuing knowledge have served from the faith.” Faith is our path. It is more than believism; it is evidence. I am currently being tested severely on this subject. I have a friend with cancer. I pray for him and hope for healing, but, his cancer persists. I ask myself, “Am I doing all I can?” “Is God listening?” “Am I praying correctly?” It is a serious conundrum. I don’t think I can pray wrongly when my desire is according to the will of God. I pray and watch. Waiting for God to do.