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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Having Faith in Faith

For the skeptical, having faith seems like a cop out, wishful thinking, intellectual laziness. of course, nothing could be farther from the truth. Believing something without evidence is hard work. Really hard. Honestly, most people don't have what it takes to stick to their beliefs when confronted with evidence to the contrary. It's all too easy to just go along with the flow and shed outmoded and reality defying beliefs. That's just what the enemy would have us do. That's why the enemy is always surrounding us with reality and facts. These are tests. Faith is like a muscle, the more you use it the stronger it becomes. We must endeavor to live as the queen in that modern theological classic:

"Alice laughed: "There's no use trying," she said; "one can't believe impossible things."

"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

To this end, you must never, never shirk from the hard questions and tests of faith. If you do then the first piece of logic that comes your way will slice you like Occam's razor. Instead you must resolve each day to challenge your faith with greater and greater challenges. Don't home school your kids and shelter them from the lies. They must learn to bathe in deceit and rinse in mendacity. Only then will they acquire the skills to navigate successfully in the world.

Also, you must resist the temptation to engage in apologetics. Apologetics are a gateway drug to more sinister modes of fact based reasoning. Once you start researching issues and using logic to assemble the pieces you are falling for the enemy's trap. Inviting logic into your heart is a slippery slope. Reason erodes faith and so must be treated with care. Instead when confronted with contradictions just remember that no matter what conclusions the enemies tools have shown and no matter how convincingly, you must remember that your preconceived notions are true. The Creator has already told you the answer. To question this answer is not only arrogant it is wasteful. Any claim that doesn't match the truth that was vouchsafed you by definition can't be true. You have been given the gift of certainty do not squander it.

So let us be proud of our faith. Let us have faith in our faith. Let us relish the inconsistencies, improbabilities and outright contradictions. These are God's way of showing us his ineffable truth. If the *real* truth was so obvious that anyone could understand it then we wouldn't even need God. Anyone can believe something that is clearly true. But we are meant for something greater.




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