JULY 10 FAITH BRINGS UNDERSTANDING

HEBREWS 11:1-3 “Through faith, we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Heb. 11:3). In the Dark Ages, the church demanded acceptance of all its commandments and beliefs without any explanation or justification. The infallibility of the pope left no room for error. This led to terrible situations both inside and outside the church. Science was despised and many scientists were persecuted. Then came the Reformation, the Renaissance, and the Age of Enlightenment. The world was found to be round instead of flat. Many things that the church had pronounced as plagues from God were found to be the result of viruses and unsanitary living conditions. Many “God”-imposed limitations were found to be only limitations placed on people due to ignorance. This caused a total shift in people’s thinking, from blind faith in religion to an age of reasoning where they scoffed at faith. No doubt, this liberated us from many of the misconceptions and errors of false religion, but it also left modern man void of simple faith. The author of Hebrews says that some things can only be understood through faith. God did not deem it necessary to explain everything to us. He is greater and more complex than we can understand with our peanut brain. It’s impossible to figure out Him and His ways completely. We must have faith in God. In this day of technology, the need for faith is greater than ever before—not a blind faith that leads to superstition, but an educated faith that is schooled in God’s Word. Faith is not mindless; it just acknowledges that there is a dimension of spiritual realities that we cannot examine in a test tube. The only way we’ll ever truly understand them is to believe God’s Word.

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