All Men Have Not Faith
2 Thess 3:2
And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
There’s really no way to get around what the apostle suggests in this verse: All men have not faith. While it would be grand indeed if every exhortation to “believe God” were returned with “I believe,” were the typical exchange between men and women (both believing and unbelieving) that we encounter on a daily basis, this is usually not the case. For faith requires submission, patience, humility, perseverance and complete adherence to God’s way of doing things in spite of its perceived absurdity. Sadly enough, most men believe in the exact opposite. Instead of submission, they believe in force. In place of patience, they believe in haste. In lieu of humility, self-assertion and pride, and for perseverance, they believe in taking the path of least resistance. And above all things, for (perceived) expediency’s sake, most will not follow God’s way of doing things with promises of succeeding results because of fear of ostracism, men, and a variety of other factors. This is why such men are described as unreasonable. For to place one’s faith in any other course of action than that which proceeds from God’s word and Himself is not only unreasonable but foolish:
[The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.] Psalm 14:1
Brian Johnson, Ph.D.