A Closer Look
Serving an omnipotent God, there is so much we can know about Him. And while knowledge is good, it isn’t faith. In Luke 16, the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus illustrates this well.
Following death, the Rich man is in hell, and Lazarus the beggar is in Paradise. The Rich man is appalled. He begs that Lazarus the beggar be sent back to his family. In verse 28, “For I have five brothers. Let him [Lazarus] warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.”
His reasoning for Lazarus is that his family knows him, and can testify to eternal destiny. The response given to the Rich man is that his brothers already have enough information to trust in God.The Rich Man wants knowledge, Jesus wants faith.
If you’re honest, how are you pursuing God? By faith or by knowledge? Faith is how we ought to measure our relationship with God. Jesus once said, ‘blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’