It is unnecessary to talk about Jesus when not believing everything taught by Him. One has to understand what the Christian faith entails, before assuming to be a Christian believer. “And without faith, it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6 NV).
Jesus castigated His disciples for lacking faith. This was before the disciples had received the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we can conclude that the Holy Spirit is not a prerequisite to having faith. Jesus insinuated that it is only a perverse generation that struggles with lacking faith. The Jews could have had faith without Jesus.
“You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied; “How long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment (Matthew 17:17-18 NIV).
The disciples were perplexed by Jesus’ ability to cast out demons. They had desperately failed, but without appreciating the reasons for their failure. They deserve our commendation, though, as they asked a pertinent question, which Jesus, unequivocally, explained as the reason for their failure.
Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:19-20 NIV).
Like most of those of their time, the disciples did not have faith. Jesus illustrated that nothing would be impossible if having faith as small as a mustard seed. Without even considering the condition of believing, or not believing, our current civilization is technologically advanced, as to leave ordinary people flabbergasted.
For instance, Bill Gates can be regarded as one who had faith, as little as a mustard seed. He is attributed for having declared that each household would have a computer, at a time when most people disagreed with him. He was not a prophet but he displayed faith, with conviction, in what he understood to be workable.
His prediction was not outrageous, although most people regarded computers as esoteric—designed only for a privileged few. Nevertheless, today, Bill Gates’ dream has been achieved. Several milestones, in human civilization, enhancing the livelihood of humanity have also been achieved.
Such mindboggling achievements include the miracle of nuclear technology, showing that nothing is impossible with humanity. Hence, Jesus mocked His disciples for lacking faith. Among ordinary humans, of that time, none else could understand the human potential, except Jesus.
Nothing is impossible for humans, as long as they appreciate the arcane condition of human origin. The aspect of lacking faith is grandly manifested in not believing what Jesus taught. Why did Jesus talk about such gigantic abilities, with humanity?
Jesus was talking from His vantage point of understanding, linked up with what is Biblically documented. Jesus’ Words were not new but provable from the same Biblical texts, which the Jews, either ignored or did not comprehend.
They may have misinterpreted the Scriptures, due to idolatry, or that they invalidated Scriptural expositors. The complexity of nuclear technology has revealed that humanity’s innate abilities do not consider believing or not believing in God.