Confidence In Large Numbers (James 2:19)

In medicine, when a clinical study is examining a new treatment for patients, there needs to be a sufficient number of patients to be included in the study, otherwise, there may not be statistical power to claim efficacy for the treatment. Statisticians use complicated formulas to determine the proper threshold of patients to achieve statistical significance. In short, the more patients one can enroll in study, the greater the likelihood the results will be statistically significant and relevant, and not a random chance occurrence. There is greater confidence in larger numbers and participants.

A similar principle may exist with some of our daily activities and choices. We may feel comforted and reassured when we know many others are also participating or doing the same actions as we are, such as aligning with certain political parties or following certain sports teams. What about our spiritual lives? One may feel reassured to attend a large and popular church, especially if one’s friends and family attend. One may feel reassured if one was raised in a Christian family. One may even feel more reassured if one has read the Bible and taken advanced religion classes with others. However, even if we join other Christians who participate in these activities, is it relevant? Do these larger numbers equate with salvation?

You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.

James 2:19 (NLT)

No one knows how many demons exist, but undoubtedly thousands upon thousands. Demons are fallen angels who were banished from Heaven when Satan fell. Demons obey Satan and also know that God exists but they do not believe that God is their Lord and Savior. If there was a true safety in mere numbers, then knowing about God and associating with others who know Him would be sufficient for salvation. Yet even the demons know who God is and they are not saved. 

Larger numbers may be important for medical clinical trials and social activities but with Jesus Christ, the only number that matters is one-YOU. Have you confessed and repented of your sins and accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?

Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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