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Faith and Foolishness: God, no genie in a bottle

Some foolish Christians misapply the Bible claiming through their faith, God will honor anything they ask People exercise faith in God all the time. Faith for needs, faith in times of trouble, faith for protection from

Some foolish Christians misapply the Bible claiming through their faith, God will honor anything they ask

People exercise faith in God all the time. Faith for needs, faith in times of trouble, faith for protection from unseen dangers.
I broach the subject of faith because too many people misapply its application, today, claiming God will step in to spare them harm from, say, deadly animals, even if they step in the path of certain danger simply because they have the faith to believe He will act on their behalf.
 
But the all-wise, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent God is not a genie in a bottle. Our wishes are not His command. He will not do anything we ask of Him simply because we ask. That’s foolishness. And you will not find that nonsense anywhere in the Bible.
 
God established laws that govern the universe. For instance, He established the law of gravity. If you jump out of a plane at 40,000 feet without a parachute, God is not going to catch you in a giant invisible hand simply because you believe He will spare your life. What will happen is, your life will end the moment you splatter the ground.
 
Laws apply to wild animals too. You don’t invite a cobra to bite, claiming God will protect you nor do you rush a pride of wild lions feeding on an impala. These wild creatures have instincts – to bite, attack, strike – as is the case with a venomous snake or a large predator like a lion.
 
Such was the case in South Africa this week on a game preserve there, where a pastor sought to demonstrate his faith that God would save him from the wrath of wild lions if he charged straight at them. The church leader was fortunate an armed game warden was nearby to fire a warning shot scaring off the big cats or he would have been fresh meat.
 
After all, God may have given us the Word of faith, but He also gave us a sense of reasoning.
 
 
 
 
 

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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