Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
If you feel like a mess today.
If you know someone who feels like a mess today.
It’s not the end of the world.
She’s not alone.
He’s not alone.
You’re not alone.
We ask questions about life, death, and the meaning and purpose of life. Together we ask, “What’s going on?“
“We all have a hunger for certitude, and the problem is that the Gospel is not about certitude, it’s about fidelity.”
Our struggle with faith is somewhat universal. God doesn’t make it super-easy to believe, but believe is what God wants. True belief, not based on guarantees that are indisputable, but belief based on a relationship.
“So what we all want to do if we can is immediately transpose fidelity into certitude, because fidelity is a relational category and certitude is flat, mechanical category.”
God will have none of that.
The ancients — Justin Martyr or Tertullian — might inspire my faith.
G.K. Chesterton might capture my attention.
David K. Clark might satisfy my mind.
William Lane Craig or J.P. Moreland might convince me that my faith is reasonable.
Peter Kreeft might guide my heart toward faith in God.
But, none of that is enough for God.
“So we have to acknowledge our thirst for certitude and then recognize that if you had all the certitudes in the world it would not make the quality of your life any better because what we must have is fidelity.”
Quotes from Cadences of Home by Walter Brueggeman
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