That raises several questions:
- Was this an apostolic ability?
- Does this ability still exist today?
- What is the meaning of laying on of hands?
- What kinds of gifts were transmitted in this manner?
- Are there other examples of this in the New Testament?
- Why does Paul mention this to Timothy here?
Frankly, that is the response most of us have when we run across a passage that does not fit what we believe. Integrity in Bible study, in our walk with God requires that we do not do that. We have to acknowledge our current beliefs and compare them to the Scripture. To that end here is a list of all of the passages in the New Testament that reference laying on of hands.
I do not have time to work through these now, but I am setting this aside for a later study. By the way this is a good way to deal with these types of things. Make note of what you need to look at later and keep going.
Posts in this series:
The Influence of Structure
Structure in 2 Timothy 1
Structure in 2 Timothy 1 – Part 2
Structure in 2 Timothy 1 – Part 3
Structure in 2 Timothy 1 – Part 4