Martin Jones, Elder at Olivet Church, Falkirk

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Jesus said to the father of an ill child who asked for his help, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”  Immediately the child’s father cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9: 24 (NKJV) 

This child’s father believed Jesus and received what he asked for and admitted his belief had to be developed. Belief is an assumed truth; so everything we know and hold onto is a belief.

We all have a belief in a world view that directs our thoughts and actions. No one can know, prove or understand ‘everything’; we all have limits to our knowledge and experience. So we accept ‘facts’ and interpretations from ‘others’. We choose what to believe because our beliefs are what define us as humans. There are many ‘belief systems’ which can be followed but we have no guarantee that they are true or the best for us. Belief in and following Jesus Christ is so different and totally unique from all other belief systems, as the child’s father discovered.

Jesus said, ‘I am the way the truth and the life no one comes to the Father God but by me.

Only Jesus has ever made such an all-embracing pronouncement.

The child’s father was deeply troubled; at the end of his tether, and believing Jesus he got not only his child back and well but a new kind of life, following Jesus.

He was ‘rescued’ from false beliefs and now had Jesus to guide him into the way of truth.