Posted by: Nito | March 5, 2017

Mathematics of Faith – Part 2 (What is Unbelief?)

In one of the previous posts a mathematical expression was proposed which shows that unbelief reduces the effectiveness of man’s faith. A good explanation of this phenomenon is given by Andrew Wommack (of AWMI) in the following YouTube clip:

As Andrew explains, man can have faith and simultaneously also have unbelief. Presence of one doesn’t automatically exclude the other. In this post we’ll talk more about unbelief and what constitutes it.

The source of man’s unbelief could be classified as coming from four different areas:

  1.  Lack of knowledge
  2.  Carnality
  3.  Wrong knowledge
  4.  Fear of men

Lack of knowledge is easy to understand. When adversity comes and we don’t know how to properly handle it, it may have an upper hand over us for a long time. The unbelief that comes from the lack of knowledge manifests itself as inability to perceive a solution because of the lack of familiarity with such a possibility or the lack of knowledge that it could have been employed or that it would have worked. God said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children” (Hosea 4:6, KJV, underlining mine).

So, the Bible says that people are destroyed when they don’t have knowledge—when solutions to problems lie in the areas that men are unfamiliar with or have no understanding of. But we cannot blame God for this lack of knowledge, as the same verse instructs us that God has made proper knowledge available, but men refuse to take it. Man loves darkness more than God’s light (see John 3:19-21).

This brings us to man’s carnality. It’s the main reason why men don’t want to learn from God. From my personal experience,  I remember contemplating that if I would really, really follow God and do what is right, I would miss on so many “pleasures” that life offers. This is the carnality trap. Devil is using it to distract people from gaining knowledge, because when they do he is finished.

Carnality puts a man in enmity with God (Romans 8:7), because of his refusal to follow the instructions written in God’s Word (the Bible) in order to instead gain what the world (i.e. devil) offers in exchange: lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life (see 1 John 2:16). Because no one can serve two masters (Matthew 6:24), man has to choose between following the devil (i.e. loving the world) and following Jesus. Christian maturity comes when a man makes the decision to resolutely follow Jesus and lives in the world but is not owned by it (John 17:16).

Jesus said, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26, KJV). The cost of the discipleship (i.e. Christian maturity) is great. It may put you at odds and even bring persecution (see John 16:33) from the people that are close to you—hence you have to hate their advice, persuasion and pressure if it would take you away from Jesus.

Thus we come to the above-mentioned areas of wrong knowledge and fear of men. Wrong knowledge comes down to us through our family tree as customs and traditions of men. Customs and traditions have their cultural value, but sometimes they are in direct opposition to God’s Word. Jesus admonished Pharisees that with their traditions they have annulled the commandments of God (see Matthew 15:1-9).

When you start on the discipleship path, wrong knowledge is perhaps the hardest to notice and root out. That is—until you need healing. Need of healing is a situation that easily reveals wrong knowledge. Let’s examine few examples of wrong thinking / wrong knowledge:

  • If it’s God’s will to heal me, He will heal me.
    God’s Word reports that Jesus healed all (Matthew 4:23, Matthew 9:35, Matthew 12:15 etc.). Because Jesus doesn’t change (Hebrews 13:8) and because He perfectly reflected Father’s character and will (John 14:8-10), we know that Father wants to heal everybody every time.
  • Because God is Almighty and I have this sickness it must have been His will for me to have it OR God is Almighty, He can heal me if/when He wants to.
    People don’t understand that sickness always comes from the devil. He is the thief that comes only to steal, kill and destroy, while Jesus (and hence the Father) is the One who came to give life and give it in abundance (see John 10:10).
  • God gave me this sickness to teach me a lesson OR This sickness has helped me learn valuable things, so it must have been God’s will for me to have it.
    When we fall sick or get into trouble we start looking for answers to get rid of our problem. We turn to God and He helps us grow, change and learn, which ultimately removes our predicament.  But we should not falsely conclude that He gave us the sickness or problem in the first place. Sickness and problems come as a result of our sin (Mark 2:1-12). By sinning somebody somewhere opened a door to the devil and the same is doing what he always does—stealing, killing and destroying (John 10:10). Sin is a result of giving up to temptation (James 1:12, Ephesians 6:11). Because we know that God doesn’t tempt anyone (James 1:13) we can conclude that it’s the devil who tempts us (Luke 4:13) so that we would sin. If we succumb to devil’s temptations, he gains a legal right to bring trouble into our lives (as we effectively chose his suggestion over God’s instruction).
  • This sickness is my cross that I have to/want to carry (so that God is glorified through me/my suffering).
    This kind of thinking is very popular with some people, but after we understand that Jesus made a perfect sacrifice (Hebrews 9:13-15) and He did it once and for all (Hebrews 7:27Hebrews 9:28, 1 Peter 3:18), we understand that no other sacrifice is required. When the Bible says we should offer our bodies as a living sacrifice (see Romans 12:1) that doesn’t mean that we should invite devil’s sickness thinking that by doing so we would please God. On the contrary, living sacrifice means living according to Gods Word and doing His will (see the full discourse here). Because God’s will for us is always to be healed, blessed, prosperous etc., we should not think that by being sick,  poor, downtrodden, weak etc. we give glory to God.
  • I will know I’m healed when I see it / feel it
    This is hope and not faith, because the person relies on visible things to determine their spiritual position, while faith is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1, KJV, underline mine). Faith is a force that materializes things that exists in the spiritual realm and makes them real to our physical senses. It pulls things from the spiritual realm and forces them to exist (i.e. become real) in the physical realm as well (see part 1).
  • I hope everything will turn out all right OR I hope for the best!
    Again, this is hope and not faith. It is passive and not active. Knowing all promises of God, active faith expresses itself differently, “I know I’m blessed, everything is all right! I expect the best is yet to come!”

Persecution (i.e. fear of men) is devil’s powerful weapon. In the parable of the sower (see Matthew 13) Jesus explains that man’s heart is like a soil whereupon the seed of God’s Word falls, springs forth and brings much fruit (Matthew 13:23).  But, if a man lack’s knowledge the “plant of godly living” would not even spring forth, because the devil would immediately “eat” the seed. In other words, devil will use methods of confusion and deception to annul the effect of what was heard, so the seed of God’s Word doesn’t even have a chance to take root in man’s life (Matthew 13:19). However, if the seed would take root then devil would use persecution to stop it’s growth and development (Matthew 13:20-21).

For those who aren’t swayed by persecution and continue on the narrow road to heaven (Matthew 7:14) devil would switch the tactics and use the lures of carnality and worries of life to restrict, bound and choke the “plant of godly living”, so it doesn’t bring any fruit (Matthew 13:22). From the devil’s perspective, if he cannot stop you from following Jesus, then he must get you busy with life so you don’t have any time to reach out and influence others. Devil’s tactics is basically a simple loop: deceive -> confuse -> persecute -> entice -> make busy.

On the below diagram the above-mentioned areas of unbelief are shown as layers in man’s soul. The right knowledge of God causes man to use the force of Faith to bring forth God’s will on the earth and to fully manifest Lord’s blessing in his life,  thus living an abundant life. But if a man has unbelief, the same would block God’s blessing from its full manifestation.






  1. […] with ‘fear + doubt.’ These two represent the four sources of man’s unbelief as described in part 2 of this series. Those four areas are: 1) Lack of knowledge, 2) Carnality, 3) Wrong knowledge and […]

  2. […] mind and deceive, confuse, persecute, entice and make the person busy with worldly things (see part 2 and part […]

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