“Pray for us, so that the word of the Lord may speed forward and be glorified, as it did among you, and that we may be delivered from perverse and wicked people, for not all have faith” (2 Thessalonians 3:1-2).
We have to remember that many people have as yet not received the gift of faith. I would like to believe that everyone is at some time offered the gift, but it may come only at the moment of death. Without faith there is no hope of eternal life. Most of us have known good people who were either agnostic (they were not sure about God’s existence) or atheists (they could not find in their experience any comprehension of faith or the ability to ask for it). Believers are well-advised not to judge others, as Christ warns us (see Matthew 7:1). Unbelievers may be dealing with conflicts, problems, or other negative experiences in their past. We should be understanding of this…. We must allow God to lead people, even if they make what seems to be a wrong turn on the road.
Lord, we pray that your Word may reach into the hearts of those who do not yet believe.
Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR (Why Do We Believe?)