The Progression of our Faith - From Pre-believers Seekers to Believers

In the story of the Healing of Man Born Blind in John Chapter 9, we can find 3 types of people.

John 9: 16Therefore said
  1. some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day
  2. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles?
    And there was a division among them.
  3. John 9:38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
Type 1 Pre-Believer: My Way or No Way.

These group of people have their own fixed mindset about how God is like and should behave. If God does not do it our way, it is not God. Guess who is God? It is us!
If he does not think like us, he is a heretic, a false prophet, a false teacher. How many of us falls into such a trap?
When we prayed to God to help us, do we specify the exact way God should follow to help us? How often we miss God because we are only looking for God in our specified way.
We can be specific in our goals as the Fourth Dimension preacher David Paul Cho Yong In taught us. But we should not be specific in the how.

For this group of people, we need to tell them to allow God to be God. Let God works in His own ways. We are to humbly observe and acknowledge and hopefully believed as in type 3.

Type 2 Seeker: Let the Evidence Speak - Challenging present dogma

This group is able to question the present thinking framework. Could we be wrong? Sinners don't do miracle is a believe held about God. This believe is subject to challenge as well as we know that devil can also do miracles. Miracle alone does not proof or disproof God. It is a necessary but insufficient condition. But this is a different topic. The key issue here is this group of people allow their favored belief to be question - God don't work on Sabbath.

Type 3 Believer: I Believe.
After examination of the evidences, the group is willing to make a commitment to belief and worship God.

Our belief in Jesus Christ may go through these 3 stages of ignoring, considering, and acceptance. Don't be discouraged when our sharing of the gospel fall on deaf ears. May be we can proposed a challenge that they examine their own world view so that they can move to type 2 and then hopefully type 3 acceptance of Jesus.

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