Meditation number 55

Faith or gullibility

The believer is, as others, vulnerable to trends and passing frenzies. It may concern certain foodstuff or medication; some are tagged as poisonous for the body while others along with strange roots and herbs are qualified as almost miraculous; remember 1 Timothy 4:3-4. Let us be watchful also with pleas for funds based on our call to practical love; sadly, many answer constantly without careful enquiry as to the organization soliciting them. As a consequence, many impostors are prospering with the Lord's money (1 Tim. 6:5, 2 Pet. 2:3). We must therefore distinguish between faith and gullibility: faith believes the surest thing in the world, the Word of God; gullibility accepts things without proof and even when opposed with proof. When doctrinal novelties are involved, it is even more dangerous. Remember that God has never asked us to forsake our ability to reason and judge (1 Cor. 10:15, 1 Thes. 5:21, 2 Tim. 1:7, Jer. 15:19, Phil. 1:9 et 1 John 4:1).

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