is that set of values, and ultimate questions, by which we lead our
lives. Questions and doubts are an integral component of faith, if we
are not to become stuck in a rut of blind belief. I have been grasped
by certain concepts and values of community and compassion, and much of
the reported teachings of Jesus (acclaimed by many as the Christ),
throughout my life, both those in which I have been unwittingly
indoctrinated and, those which I have arrived at or returned to through
a prolonged period of questioning.
has always seemed a major mystery that some people seem to "need a
faith", some "seek a faith" by which to measure their life’s course
whilst others are quite simply "grasped" by an ultimate concern which
they have neither sought nor been aware of a need for.
my personal journey, I have at times embraced (or been embraced) by
each of these modes yet, a deep rooted scepticism has proferred me a
deep rooted intellectual and emotional resistance to making room for
such a faith. That same stubborn resistance also occurs when anyone
attempts to fob me off with multifarious scientific hypotheses
disguising them as facts. I suppose I’m slightly averse to
‘fundamentalisms’ be they secular or religious.
with my low level reserves of physical and emotional stamina, I do not
pro-actively fight for my beliefs as much as I should, but the mystery
of LOVE (almost) always compels me to accept a transcendent reality.
am "grasped" by the person and work of Jesus the Christ yet, am unable
to accept much of the dogmatic doctrinal baggage with which he has been
encumbered. Some emphasize his humanity, others his divinity, fully God
and fully man proves a bit of a conundrum yet, in this myth of the
Christ many, including myself, have found the strength to challenge
the social and economic injustices of our day.
spite of my deeply rooted sceptical nature, it is far easier to accept
the existence of God (all the flawed ontological/ teleological
arguments for His/Her/Its existence notwithstanding) than it is to
understand how it is possible that so much bigotry, intolerance and,
upholding of the status quo can possibly be carried out in the name of
Jesus Christ. It’s as if the ideological baggage of state blessed
Christendom has blinded us to the truly radical nature of the Christ.