Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018. What do you believe? It is quite interesting to observe that we will ask that question again and again in our life. Faith is not static. It is developing with our experiences and our age. It is developing with our activities, our thoughts, our emotions. And each and every challenge to us or to people we know and love will challenge our faith as well. Faith cannot remain the same, it will change, if it is alive!
What do you believe? …
Today I stumbled over the following bible text. It brought me to this question: what are you willing to believe? The text talks about healing, he reports two healings which Jesus did. Let us have a look at the text first:
18 While he was saying these things to them, behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.” 19 And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples. 20 And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, 21 for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.” 22 Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly4 the woman was made well. 23 And when Jesus came to the ruler’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, 24 he said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. 25 But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. 26 And the report of this went through all that district. (Matthew 9, 18ff)
Are you willing to believe or accept that there is God, Jesus is somehow linked to him and that Jesus did these healings? Are we able to believe that God can do wonders any time?
I am a scientist and work with the laws of nature day by day. Yet, I must admit that I have no problem at all to believe that any wonder is possible. I do not know any law of nature which would govern the laws of nature, telling them their creator could not do what ever he wants. You just have to be careful with this, you cannot draw many conclusions from it, it only opens the possibility of wonders, any time.
What about death? …
There is more to say about these healings! Does God want to heal everyone now? I do not think so. Yes, he can heal. Yes, he wants to heal us all. But the path is not to heal everyone now. Some healings appeared, and some will appear. But we are all going to die first. We observe this ever since, all humans have died. That has a clear framework and purpose. In Hebrew, we read:
27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. (Hebrew 9, 27+28)
We are given the framework of this world. And we leave it by death, until the end of the world. The healings are signs. They are taking place, since God wants us to get to know him, to trust him, to experience his full power. Faith is needed, and faith is the only way to link to him. All that has deep reasons in his character, his purity, his faithfulnesss and love. Only love can save us - his love to us, and our love to him.
Death has already been defeated. Jesus conquered death. But we still will have to go through it to go to him. In the mean time, we find joy and pain, love and ignorance, excitement and frustration. We live in faith, with him, with his power to do many things in our life. It is good, to believe, since he can do all what he wants! Yes, I do believe the healing stories. (Roland Potthast) ... further texts