Laboratory Faith

6.Laboratory Faith


By Daniel Whitley

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Did you ever wonder if it is in you? Did you ever fantasize that you could bleed light like that? Are you the kind who can deny your ego (the will of the clay) and give yourself utterly to the greater purpose when the moment demands it? Do I have it? You have to be curious. Maybe we can answer that ques¬tion. Let’s turn to science.

Experiments are conducted under controlled conditions, conditions manufactured to mimic cir-cumstances that naturally occur. This is done in or¬der to discover reactions to various actions and stimuli.

Most experiments begin as a theory, specula¬tion as to what would occur if certain circumstances and elements interacted under certain conditions. Yet, generally speaking, no real faith is placed in these formulas until the experiments have been conducted and these theories have been tested. These formulas are tested when naturally occurring conditions and interactions have been replicated and observed.

Such is the value of an experiment, long before any medication is packaged and marketed, it is extensively tested. It is tested under artificial condi¬tions contrived to see what the outcome might be in naturally occurring conditions. You must admit that you probably would not be overly confident in any physician’s prescription if, upon prescribing it, the doctor said, “We think this particular medication might be effective for your symptoms according to our best guess or according to our latest computer-generated model.” No, that is not what you want to hear. You want to hear, “We know what it does. The tests have been completed, and this was the out¬come. You can be confident in its benefits and un¬concerned about its side effects.”

You have often heard this, “You just don’t know how you will react in this or that situation un¬til you experience it yourself.” Yet most of us are pretty confident. We say, “I would do this. I would not do that. I know what I would do if these circum¬stances existed in my life.” This is conceit. This is foolhardy. This is simply mentally generated cir¬cumstances and merely your best guess as to what you might do. However, it seems that most people I know are completely confident that their faith is se¬cure. I see them panic. I see them defeated. I see them devastated, and yes, I see them fall. I see it all the time.

Before my faith faces the naturally occurring viruses and bacteria of life, before I trust my shield of faith to truly inoculate me against a single fiery dart of Satan, I want it laboratory tested. I want my weakness to be evident. Yes, I know that God is suf¬ficient, but what I need to know is how I will re¬spond. That is a little different.

Why don’t you bring your faith, bring your religion, and bring your life into the laboratory? Why not run some tests, albeit under some very con¬trolled conditions? God has given us such a facility. God has given us a method by which we can place our vessel under manufactured stress and pressure. In such a facility we can pry artificial cracks in our own clay pitcher and observe what shines out or, in some cases, what oozes out. Surely you want to know!

 

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