Poet Lord Byron
said: There is something Pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In
short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything. Great thinkers,
across the centuries, have always used inquiry to understand the
world. It doesnt mean that nothing can be believed, but it does
mean that skepticism and doubt are
that lead us toward growth.
Nietzsches famous quote that Godis dead was originally intended to mean that societal perspectives had killed God, rather than the actual death of a supernatural entity. Society (believers included) made God irrelevant.
In another work, Nietzsche wrote: Really unreflective people are now inwardly without Christianity, and the more moderate and reflective people of the intellectual show more content
The very act of faith requires us to be in relationship with our beliefs. This sounds complicated, until we begin to see the kingdom of God as a myriad of relationships with each other, with ourselves, and with God.
Ultimately, if we see faith as a relationship with what we believe, we can begin to unpack and deepen our understandings of ourselves and others, and the ways in which we are called to move in the world, and shape our surroundings.
To have faith in God means that we must trust in the knowledge we seek, gather, and experience, as well as trusting and respecting that God is also preparing others, though the process may look different: And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold (John 10:16).
When Christians rely on doctrine and dogma, rather than inquiry, critical thinking, and contemplation, the practice of Christianity can become merely a set of spoken beliefs, rather than a living, evolving authentic practice in faith.
We do not have to be identical sheep to share in our practice of faith. Faith is the habit within which we live in the kingdom of God, actively striving to grow, keeping our hearts and minds
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