the meanderings and word-play of a left-of-centre armchair activist - living and frequently struggling with moderate M.E. - where (bad) health, faith, politics and the joys and troubles of daily life collide.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
This posting was first published on my 'Mal's Murmurings' blog in January 2007
FAITH 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
It 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.
In my personal journey, I have at times
embraced (or been embraced) by each of these modes yet, a deep rooted
scepticism has proffered 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.
Perhaps, 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.
I 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.
In 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.