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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Light Bearer

Since those primeval nights we have sought to clothe evil in ever more elaborate finery, creating at times the garish and at others the sinister. So much so that we mistake the garb for the entity. In God's light all things stand naked, Truth is revealed and the nocturnal is exposed to the light of this Truth. Stripped naked evil quivers for what it is, the image of God denied. Free will is the agent.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

There is no God. Prove it. Faith is fakery. If you say, it's so just because, then you have no answer. You are no better than Tom Cruise and L. Ron Hubbard. Fakery 2000 years ago holds no better water than 20th Century water. The world spins. We exist. Electromagnetic waves go on to infinity.

Bro. Bartleby said...

Prove faith would negate the need for the word faith. But we need the word faith, for without faith in the sundry events of each day, we would be immobilized. The simplist bit of faith is crossing a street and having faith that the oncoming cars will stop at the red light. Of course statistics are on your side, and one uses these statistics to make that faith step off the curb a bit more certain as to the outcome, that one will make it to the other side of the street without being hit by a driver fiddling with a cell phone. For some of us, we read Hebrews "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" and so to are you as you brave your way across the street, you hope to make it across.

So for me, I'm on a faith journey, I am crossing many busy streets, I hope I'm not ran over by a Scientologist fiddling with his cell phone ... but I may be. And God may be electromagnetic wave, or infinity, or you at the other end of this keystroke. Some, like me, are open to thinking the absurd, for it is a most excellent journey ... for some.

Lifewish said...

Prove faith would negate the need for the word faith. But we need the word faith, for without faith in the sundry events of each day, we would be immobilized.

I call equivocation. My faith that when I step out into the road I'm likely to survive is qualitatively different from your faith that an undetectable but very powerful entity regularly interacts with certain carbon-based bipedal lifeforms. Only one of these "faiths" has an empirical basis.

You're stretching the term to the point of meaningless.

Some, like me, are open to thinking the absurd, for it is a most excellent journey ... for some.

Now that I can respect. But doesn't it go beyond that when you start to act on "absurd" beliefs?

Bro. Bartleby said...

I like stretching words and faith is stretchable, to the point of Faith is to participate in the infinite by asking searching questions such as, "Where did we come from, why are we here, where are we going?" or "Why something instead of nothing?" and to be brash enough to seek answers, yet still understand that one will never find answers with objective empirical certainty. Faith is to face the transcendent with uncertainty and risk and doubt, and still, find it the most important quest in one's life.