5 So Jesus, after seeing their faith, says to the paralytic “Child, your sins are being forgiven.” 6 But some of the scribes were sitting there and questioning in their hearts, 7 “Why is he speaking like this? He is blaspheming; Who is able to be forgiving sins, except One: God!” 8 So, Immediately Jesus, because he was aware in his spirit that they were questioning this way within themselves, says to them, “Why are you questioning about these things in your hearts?
faith and inner dialog
Four guys were involved in the roof reconstruction, and the paralytic was their willing accomplice. Jesus saw their actions and recognised faith in those actions. Meanwhile, the scribes sat around and dialogued in their hearts. They had been taught in the fine art of inner theological dialogue. It was how they were trained to process new doctrines. They had a closed system of theological belief, and any new assertion or statement that did not fit that closed system was to be tried in the court of their own minds. Both of these groups were doing what they thought was right, but only the group that brought their friend to Jesus found forgiveness and freedom.
I have been trained to be sceptical and cynical about faith assumptions all my life. I have heard too many stories of tricksters and corruption in religion to automatically trust anyone from that realm. When I see faith talk posted on a website or social network, I wonder if the person behind this talk is really a believer. All too often, I am prone to respond to all things religious as if I am one of these scribes. And if I do happen to assume something is genuine, perhaps there is an inner voice challenging me, asking me if we I am being naive. But I trust Jesus. And at some point in the inner dialogue I tell myself to shut up and let Jesus forgive and set free.
Everyone engages in inner dialogue. The difference in people of genuine faith is that their faith has the last word.
LORD, give us faith so strong that it always has the last word over our doubts.
 πιστις (2:5; 4:40; 5:34; 10:52; 11:22).
 διαλογιζομαι (2:6, 8; 8:16f; 9:33; 11:31).