Impossibility does not validate unbelief
As Christians we do not reason that if something is naturally impossible it should not be believed. Indeed one becomes a Christian by believing that which is naturally impossible; and the promise and hope of Christianity is focused on that which is naturally impossible.
Nature itself is not naturally possible since it did not become of itself nor can it continue of itself. In this we understand that there is something outside of nature to which nature owes its existence and continuance. (Hebrews 1:2-3; 11:3)
The Gospel concerning the Lord Jesus Christ, which must be believed to become a Christian, is a naturally impossible proposition based on a naturally impossible claim.
Our Savior, Jesus Christ, was born of a virgin; He is God, possessing all the qualities necessary to being God; while at the same time being a man and possessing all the qualities natural to man, yet without sin (having original righteousness).
This Jesus died for the sins of His enemies and was raised from the dead after having been in the grave during three days. If you do not believe these things you are not a Christian in the Bible sense. (Matthew 1:23; Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 15:1-20) As Christians we believe these naturally impossible things.
Throughout the History of God’s dealings with mankind, God has made promises to men that could not be fulfilled naturally. The promises God has made to us as Christians are of the same sort.
Jesus Himself promises and queries us saying, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26) Here Jesus is asking Martha, and consequently us, if we believe this naturally impossible proposition and promise.
Every proposition of truth made by God in scripture, though it be naturally impossible, is to be believed. This is the beginning of having faith in God.
To compare these propositions with natural possibility, and then choose not to believe them, is a non-Christian paradigm that separates a person from the promise and hope of Christianity.
During Jesus’ lifetime on earth He encountered a Jewish religious faction called the Sadducees, who did not believe in anything that was naturally impossible.
Once when arguing with some of them about the reality of the resurrection, Jesus said to them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.” (Matthew 22:29) In this statement Jesus identifies the Sadducees as religious unbelievers. (2 Timothy 3:5) As genuine believers we study to know the scriptures and the power of God. (2 Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 11:6)
Natural impossibility does not validate not believing God and His word, because neither God nor His word are subject to nature, since they rule nature.
Our trust in God must not be naturally qualified, but rather qualified by God; who is before and outside of nature, as revealed in Scripture.
At this point we come to realize that such trust in God, is itself something more than natural, and we are thankful to Him for such a precious gift. (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 12:3)
Rev. George T. Frey,
Faith Christian Center