Are you spreading skepticism?

Recently it dawned on me to the fact we don’t trust God, and more to the point by our actions we encourage people tyo do the same while acting the complete opposite.

We have started to look at every situation that God is moving in and instead of looking at the amazing stuff that God is doing we are starting to see the people part of the equation, and we make sure people know about it…

The problem is that God uses people to be his hands and feet in this world, in fact more than once in the Bible it tells us that we will be able to do more than Christ did while he was here (Eph 3:20, John 14:12-14 are two good examples) – yet we seem to be skeptical of anything that has any of ‘us’ involved.

You see the things that God accomplishes isn’t because of us, it’s in spite of us, and it’s a very delicate balance, that we seem to be so intent on corrupting, but it’s why he chose us to do his work… because we are broken, meaning that he gets the glory.

To me it seems to be a matter of faith.

“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” : – John 14:12

In Mark 6 it said that Jesus couldn’t do “no mighty work” in his own home town, except for a few healings when he laid hands on people.

Why? Because every one there had seen him grow up… they had seen him grow to be Mary and Joseph’s son, they didn’t believe that the Spirit of God could be in this normal looking person.

And I wonder in this new global community are we doing the same?

These days you can look up and see the history of almost anyone… there is no mystery anymore – and I wonder if we have lost the sense of wonder… and therefore lost faith and trust that God is God, and can do anything through ANYONE.

Sometimes we ask for healing or help in a situation and nothing seems to happen so we start to take offense at God, and then we start to look at the things that don’t seem right everywhere else… and make sure everyone knows about it.

I recently heard this great quote.

“Taking offense at God leads to skepticism; skepticism leads to unbelief; unbelief to hopelessness – and hope is the seed bed of faith.”

– Pastor Murray Talbot Hornby Presbyterian Church, Christchurch, NZ

I think lack of faith can start at anyplace down the chain… sometimes we may have heard stories about a particular healer or church that may have heard ‘rumors’ about, and the first thing we do is start is share our skepticism… and that in turn leads to unbelief in us and others, and it becomes like a cancer that seeps into the very fabric of the church.

You just can’t second guess faith… other wise it’s just not true faith.

Instead of being onlookers, or critics, lets really focus on praying for those who need healing, lets pray for those with the gift of healing… and while we are at it… lets stop spreading the ‘helpful observations’ that are only putting a wedge between what God is doing, what people are experiencing and their faith.

Because at the end of the day God is still God.

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3 thoughts on “Are you spreading skepticism?

  1. Interesting post Goose – sounds like something thought provoking has happened! It’s a bit vague though, so I can’t really tell what you’re trying to say… :o)

  2. It seems like faith has something to do with why God doesn’t heal… “your FAITH has made you better” “Faith… to move mountains” etc… and the fact that Jesus couldn’t do anything spectacular in his own home town seems to be based on a lack of FAITH.
    So Skeptism in the church i would have to add to this right?
    Espeically now we live in an international village!

  3. OK so here is what I was thinking about

    If:

    · God Can heal anyone

    · We have the same power in us that raised Jesus

    · Not everyone is healed (unlike everyone mentioned in the Bible by Jesus)

    · Jesus said we will be doing greater miracles than he…

    · Jesus said a number of times “your faith has made you well” etc

    · He couldn’t do the big miracles in hie own village (presumably due to lack of faith)

    · God won’t heal everyone we pray for

    Then my thought is:

    Is it because we are sceptical as a community? (because we now live in an international village)

    Now I don’t know why god doesn’t heal everyone – but I’ve got a pretty good idea that it’s because of faith.

    I hope that explains my thoughts better!

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