Thursday, October 01, 2009
Truth and faith.
1st things 1st.
I found a great site of hymns. It plays for you the tune as you read the lyrics. So it is a nice way of learning hymns. Start by listening to "Come, Let us Join our friends above" You will love it.
Also there's a great post here.
I was thinking about life, about the questions everyone asks but no one seems to know the answer to- questions like who am I? Why am I here? Where did we come from?
Of the groups that have attempted to answer them, very prominent are religious ones: people who believe that in order for us to exist, there is; or in some places, are creators who willed life and it came to pass. There are those who however digress and suggest life is simply a grand mistake brought about by unintended collision, such are known as evolutionists or big bang theorists.
In all there are two kinds of people trying to answer the questions I mentioned earlier- those who believe in a higher power (s) and those who do not.
Which brings me to my second issue: faith. Faith to me is what the heart chooses to believe and sticks to. Faith is what someone believes is truth. Theists all believe in God but there is a lot more to consider than just God. Which God? For example is one of the things that break up this group into much smaller ones. Different places have different views on this,- There are those who believe in Odin, others in Allah, others in Jehovah, others in Jesus, others in Buddha etc.. They all believe in a god but disagree on which God is the true God. Essentially, due to the places they are, all have a different history of who God is and so do not agree with others' history given that a history of a particular people is unique.
There are the atheists, who seemingly have no disagreement because to them, there is no God, period. However they disagree with the earlier group based also on history and scientific claims. They say, life came about due to an accident and forces came together to cause life. This is their faith. They cannot readily prove to 100% sureness that we are how we are because of the accidental forces but are willing to go with it.
So, with all these differing views, can they all be correct? Of course not. Truth is not a harlot, truth is a woman of honor, she does not change with the weather or the popular crowd. Truth remains faithful to herself. There is only one truth so despite all these differing views only one is correct. All others are wrong. So, the question is which is correct? Can we know for sure?
That's where the issue of faith comes in. A man's spirit does not depend on proofs- it deals with peace. Restlessness points out to a man's soul a need for peace, a need for rest.
I have listened to the sayings of many, read the proofs of others and have not found much peace as in the words of Jesus. I am not preaching. Just sharing my views. Many have conspiracy theories about who Christ was; some say he was just a man, others a prophet, others- a great teacher, others call him God. He is the subject of contention in many religious and atheistic circles. Many agree on Buddha, Muhammad, Confucious, even Obama, but with Christ... He could have been a rebel leader as some book says.
Why? I don't know. Some say it is because no man has ever claimed to be a God before and when he did that he made others smaller. But I do not care. He talked of compassion, he sat with the weary and burdened, he encouraged- did not cast down, he loved, he cared, he healed, and most importantly he died on account of others, not himself.
He is one teacher who did not do any self searching. He knew who he was from the time he was born. All he did, he did with purpose. Other teachers were looking for truth, he was explaining truth. He did not need reassurance, did not get depressed on account of identity, he knew his purpose from his childhood.He was I am.
I find strength in his words. I find hope in his words. I find grace in his words. I find life in his words.
That is my faith. That is my truth.
Jesus Christ, son of God, saviour of the world and lover of my soul.
1Co 15:14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation is worthless, and your faith is also worthless. 1Co 15:17,18 And if Christ is not raised, your faith is foolish; you are yet in your sins. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
Col 2:8 Beware lest anyone rob you through philosophy and vain deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ.