Wednesday, 31 August 2011

The Gap Theory

Perhaps I am strange (now there’s an understatement) but as best I can determine if I say I know something to be true then I am also saying that I believe it is a fact. I know that the earth revolves around the sun. I know that 12 times 9 equals 108. I know that night will follow day. I believe the facts that I’ve just stated and to me knowing and believing are one and the same. This holds true for everything except when it comes to my faith and God’s Word. At times there is a gap between what I profess to know and what I profess to believe, at least if my behavior is any indicator. Surely I am not alone.

I think the majority of Americans profess that Jesus is the Son of God. That suggests some intellectual assent to the death and resurrection of Christ.

Probably more Americans believe that God was involved in the creation of this world than those who believe in evolution. If that is true why wouldn’t they believe that He could write a book that contained no errors?

There are more Bibles purchased every year than any other book, most of which go unread. These purchasers must believe something positive about the Bible but obviously don’t accept it as fact.

Since many couples still get married in a church they must believe that there is some connection between getting married and God. Yet many couples never consult God’s Word, or follow God’s plan with regard to marriage. Thus indicating that there is a gap between what they believe and the fact that God is the creator of the institution of marriage.

Oops I may have just overstepped my bounds. I stated as fact that God is the creator of marriage. In my case there is no gap between what I believe and what I consider fact. I also believe that God wants us to have marriages that glorify Him. I also believe that God wants couples to have a unity of purpose (biblical oneness), not trying to become one by getting rid of differences but learning how to value and utilize those differences to develop our fullest potential. I believe as fact that God intends marriage to be an enriching, joy filled experience. I also believe as fact that for many couples this is not their reality.

A.W. Tozer said “What I believe about God is the most important thing about me.” This is particularly true when there is no gap, when what you believe and what you know to be true about God shapes and molds you into the person God has called you to be.

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