Have you ever wondered why some people have faith and others do not, or why some have so much more faith than others? Why did Abraham have such faith that he was willing to sacrifice his son, the boy on whom so many of his hopes rested? And what was the source of Noah’s faith, which enabled him to spend decades building an Ark, despite the magnitude of the task and the ridicule of his neighbours?

I believe much of the answer to these questions can be found in what Jesus said to Pilate: “Everyone on the side of truth listens to me” (John 18:37). Noah’s and Abraham’s hearts were inclined to the things of God, and godliness, truth and righteousness mattered to them. They shared God’s concerns, and when God spoke, what He said made sense to them. God’s words rang true and they rejoiced in them. They valued truth, and were prepared to pay a high price to honour it. Indeed, they loved it and loved the One who was truth (John 14:6). Abraham was called the friend of God (James 2:23). He cared about the things God cared about; they shared common interests and communed together on a deep level.

Conversely, godlessness leads to the suppression of the truth (Rom. 1:18) and those who love evil deliberately avoid it (John 3:19,20). Many prefer the approval of men, rather than God, and are more comfortable siding with the majority, who have no interest in God’s ways (John 12:43). Pilate asked, “What is truth?” (John 18:38), but had little time for the One who could have answered the question. Such is the animosity of many towards truth that they unrepentantly assert that God is a liar (John 3:33-34) and even attribute His words and works to Satan (Luke 11:15). Adam and Eve fell into sin because they chose not to believe God and to believe Satan instead (Gen. 3:1-13)….

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