I think one of the biggest mistakes Christians have made is to treat faith like a science. I’m not talking about the long exhausted debate between evolution and creation. I’m talking about the roots of science, which say that if “this” happens then “that” results; cause and effect. If I apply pressure on a door it will open. However, if you tell a person such-and-such and expect a certain result, this will not necessarily be the case. People are not objects of absolutes. We are all different in many ways.
Proverbs says, “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself.” And in the next verse, “Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.” So which is it? Is the Bible contradictory? By no means. What this is saying is that both are correct, it is the circumstances that are different.
Situations in life are not as black and white as science. They require wisdom, insight, understanding and compassion, but most of all they require the direction of the Spirit.
I believe God designed it this way deliberately so that man cannot boast about his own cleverness or behave as if he is the one who is in control. As Simon the Sorcerer nearly found out the hard way, mankind cannot force the Spirit to do their personal bidding. It is more than an insult to the being that created all things.
Christians who apply the teachings of Christ as a science–one which applies to all mankind and at all times–are misunderstanding the purpose behind the cause, and perhaps to an ever greater degree, the effect.
Unlike Christ we do not have the ability to look into each person’s heart. He was able to meet everyone where they were at, and tell them what they needed to hear. Be careful about repeating His words to someone they were not meant for, and without truly understanding the circumstances, as you can end up doing more harm than good.
We are to blame for coming across as judgmental and hypritical when we demand the world to live up to our misguided expectations. So often we act as if all is perfect on the outside, when the truth is that we are all struggling through issues of our own. We have become so known for what we are against that we have destroyed any chance of sharing what we are for. People just want something real and are sick of all the lies. When they see Christians they often see another lie, but we are robbing them of something more real and tangible than anything they could ever experience.
Faith is not a science that always behaves and performs how you think it should. Rather than throw a book in the face of your brother or sister, take the time to get to know him or her. If we actually start listening to people’s hearts, really listening, then maybe, just maybe we can reach them in a way that really matters.