Faith

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 and is filed under Uncategorized

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I know most of you come to this site to read politics, but this post has nothing to do with politics.

I heard a fascinating sermon on Sunday in church. It was from the Book of Job and the theme of the sermon was faith centered around the questions God asks Job throughout the book, “Where were you when . . . .?” ┬áThe purpose of the questions was to drive home a point: there is a God. And it’s not you.

As he preached, the our pastor kept coming back to question, “Do we have a faith big enough to believe in God?” and it took me back years ago to a time when we were presented several topics to write on in a college Humanities course. I chose Faith because of its paradoxical nature. I think-no, I know-many have fallen into the trap of Keirkegaard, that faith and reason are two separate “silos” inside each human, that faith is an emotive response while reason is a clinical, rational function of the brain and never the two shall meet.

I, of course, challenged that notion and still do to this day. While faith is a belief in the unseen, it is not a purely emotional response. It is employing the mind given to us for a reason (to think with) to rationally compute historical events and scientific evidence so that as we stand on the precipice of time, big decisions or life challenges and hear the eternal Voice whisper, “Jump and I will catch you,” we know we can jump and that we will be caught.

Reason and faith working hand in glove with each other. That is the paradox of faith.

Can we reason our way to God? In the truest sense, no. But can reason, facts and evidence lead us down the path to God? Yes. It is when we hit that final door that we must open it and leap.

That, friends, is what faith is. A reasoned decision to trust the revealed Unknown.