In my conversations with the normal people of this world [the Christian faith is no longer the norm] I find that many of them simply respond to the assertions about my faith, I’m OK— you’re out of your mind. They truly believe that all this mumbo-jumbo about faith in Jesus is just plane NUTS.
Christ’s claims about who He was and what He came to do for this world were just the ravings of a madman who was disconnected from reality. And that makes His followers equally disillusioned.
They are not going to question their own sanity. They’re just fine. We’re the nut-jobs.
And that should draw us to question some presumptions about our own faith. Are we crazy to blindly accept the principles and precepts of our own faith with little investigation or examination? Christian faith is NOT just a assemblage of declarations about what we think is true and accurate. It comes down to two enquiries — 1. Can history be verified? and, 2. Is faith a viable surety?
Before you dismiss these questions as extraneous to our faith, consider that it is worth reexamining the foundations of our faith. Considering the proposition that history cannot be verified [Did George Washington, Lenin, or Julius Caeser ever exist?] then we must question all OR, in faith, believe the reports about them are true. Considering the validity of faith on an individual level, there is a history of people who believe in things which postModern, postChristian people believe that they can be only scientifically verified.
Then, really, are historical/faith questions all that matter?
What about intuition? What about ESP? What about that special sense that lodges itself just below your consciousness?
There are more ways than scientific confidence to give veracity to a belief. History itself is a matter of faith— Well supported faith, but faith, nonetheless.
When believing followers of Christ are challenged that we are out of our mind, we must remember that our beliefs have a great deal of certitude surrounding them. We are not an ignorant people.
Too many assertions in the Bible have later been proven accurate. And far too often have the lives of true Christians saved the civilizations of this world.
So, when our world accuses us of being out of our mind our response should be twofold.
1. Look at the corroboration of history. There’s just too much to support our faith.
2. Simply love those who accuse.
Loving God; loving people… and bringing the two together! ©
NEXT— Afterthoughts…, my best ideas come to me in the shower