Text of the Week

editorial image

‘By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command.’ (Hebrews 11 v3)

Lewis Caroll’s Humpty Dumpty is an interesting fellow.

On one occasion when Alice protested about his wrong use of the word “glory” he replied, “When I use a word it means just what I intend it to mean, neither more nor less.”

I often encounter such Humpty Dumpty-ism with respect to the much evalued and quite misunderstood word faith.

Faith as ‘belief without evidence’ or faith as ‘a leap in the dark’ are definitions that are quite wide of the mark.

Faith set forth in the Bible involves three complementary ingredients. Faith is firstly dependent on knowledge, or that which can be known.

Secondly, faith involves recognising such knowledge to be true and thereby giving conscious

assent to it. Then lastly, faith is submitting to that truth and allowing it to shape your whole life.

Such knowledge of God, who he is and what he has done is all set forth in the person of Jesus Christ.

It is this knowledge of God in Christ, recognised to be true, that led me to take not an irrational leap in the dark, but a rational walk into the light.

The Rev. Norman Mackay, Falkirk Free Church