Thursday, April 2, 2009
I Want to Believe
“Do not seek the because - in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions.” - Anias Nin.
As I encourage the questioning process, do I seek reasons in areas where there are none? Anias Nin, was no Christian, but she had a glimpse into the Christian concept of grace. Grace is NOTHING if it can be stood up on the legs of reason.
8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast" - Ephesians 2:8-9
I've been reading Pascal's Pensees lately. In it, he argues that there are some things that we know to be true that can't be proven via the reasoning process. Believing tomorrow will come is one example that I remember. Love is another.
I've always believed, against the grain, that faith and reason are supplementary as opposed to the common view that they are antithetical to each other. I've written about this in other postings and therefore won't repeat old ground.
However, in light of the nature of love and grace, I have to ask whether or not I go too far.
Perhaps the skeptics who think they have refuted religious faith, are standing on piles of mud that they have mistaken for gold. They think they have refuted faith by showing that there is no reason to hold it, but in doing so, they are really no different than the delusional person who might say that airplanes can't really fly because everything must be supported by the terrestrial. Perhaps their minds are too earthly. Or perhaps mine is too much in the clouds.
If airplanes operate by different rules when set in motion, despite the fact they are physically heavier than air, wouldn't God do the same?
Perhaps all that we call faith is really a test of our volition.
Perhaps what we believe (and even skepticism is belief) is really the naked exposure of our will.... our heart itself.
I was made for another. I am "otherly".
I want to believe...