Faith and Unreason

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“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

—Hebrews 4:12

God’s Word is alive, life-giving, it’s sharp and true. It transcends time, culture, circumstance. It’s applicable today and forever. It reveals man’s heart, our motives, our sin. It demands a response, a call to action, a mandate to love, serve, share truth. Jesus came to earth, was among his people and they did not receive Him. They rejected the truth…Not much has changed. I often think about why Jesus was missed and i think it reflects more upon what the people wanted to see rather than who the Messiah really was. There is a passage in Luke that serves as a warning to me. They missed him! The religious sects missed the Messiah!  They wanted something else…to the point… that they… in fact…..and eventually….Killed the Messiah.

Ravi Zachariah,one of my favorite Christian apologist explains this passage so very well. These are his words from the book, ‘Jesus Among Other gods.’:

“There is another side. Jesus reminded his followers that the commitment of the will is a fickle thing when it comes up against the beckoning arms of God.  the tendency of the human heart is so defiant that every generation will find ways to challenge that which God proclaims. The point is critical in order to understand that whatever proof is offered at any time in history, we will always demand something else. In Luke 7:31-35, Jesus said:

‘To what, then, can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like?  They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other:

‘We played the pipe for you

 and you did not dance;

we sang a dirge,

    and you did not cry.

For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’  The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’  But wisdom is proved right by all her children.’

By this Jesus powerfully exposed the bent of the human will. When John warned them of the severity of the law, they called him demon-posessed because they wanted more liberty. When Jesus came and mingled with the outcasts of society, they called Him a hedonist because they wanted a tighter reign over the law. But Jesus declared that wisdom reveals itself by what it produces. it does not take more than one look at our society to see the utter absence of wisdom., and it is because we understand neither law nor grace. To such a mind-set, faith will always be caricatured as a symptom of credulity. Jesus was not hesitant to call  their bluff, as He does ours.

But He turned the tables on them and reminded them that their faithlessness to what they knew to be true said more about their own character than it did about the evidence.

This, I believe, is the central component that is often missing from a discussion of faith. Yes, there is the component of content that speaks to the truth. Yes, there is the component of love that speaks to the blending of emotion and commitment. But there is also the component of honesty that speaks to the truthfulness or the integrity of the individual. It is here that the battle lines are publicly drawn. It is here that the real truth about reason is revealed.”

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