Too good to believe

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Indeed the mystery
of Christ runs the risk
of being disbelieved
precisely because
it is so incredibly
wonderful.

–Cyril of Alexandria
(412—444)

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Following a Person or a Belief?

Christ 9C2We must call men, not to loyalty to a belief but loyalty to a Person. We may be loyal to a belief and dead spiritually, but we cannot be loyal to this Person and be other than alive spiritually. He creates belief. He is the great Believer himself, and in the light of his radiant faith we cannot but believe. We do not get Jesus from our beliefs, we get our beliefs from Jesus. And they must of necessity be under constant correction by his mind and spirit.

–E. Stanley Jones
The Christ of the Indian Road

Trusting in the dark

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If we insist on visible proofs from God, we may well prepare the way for a permanent state of disappointment.

True faith does not so much
attempt to manipulate God
to do our will as it does to position us
to do his will.

 As I searched through the Bible for models of great faith, I was struck by how few saints experienced anything like Job’s dramatic encounter with God. The rest responded to the hiddenness not by demanding that he show himself, but by going ahead and believing him though he stayed hidden.

–Philip Yancey
Disappointment with God

Daring to believe it

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It is not a matter 
of arrogance . . . but faith 
when we celebrate: 
we are accepted!

–St. Ambrose
(337 – 397)

When faith falters

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Just as the Christian has his moments when the clamour of this visible and audible world is so persistent and the whisper of the spiritual world so faint that faith and reason can hardly stick to their guns, as I well remember, the atheist too has his moments of shuddering misgiving, of an all but irresistible suspicion that old tales may after all be true, that something or someone from outside may at any moment break into his neat, explicable, mechanical universe.

Believe in God and you will have
to face hours when it seems obvious
that this material world is the only reality:
disbelieve in Him and you must face hours
when this material world seems to shout  
at you that it is not all.

No conviction, religious or irreligious will, of itself, end once and for all this fifth-coumnist [internal subversive agent] in the soul. Only the practice of Faith resulting in the habit of Faith will gradually do that.

–C. S. Lewis
Christian Reflections

I don’t believe in him either

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“Describe the God
you rejected . . .
Describe the God
you don’t believe in . . .
Maybe I don’t believe in
that God either.”

–Tim Keller

Belief or faith?

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The Reformational paradigm, which tempts us to replace relationships with reason, is captured in the word belief. It is concerned with right thinking and adherence to a particular way of articulating biblical teaching. It involves systematizing and assenting—and excluding those who don’t fully subscribe to the current fashion in creedal statements. Belief is inert. It is intellectual, defensible . . .

In contrast, the missional paradigm is a way of life—the life of faith. It is a quest for discovery. It is nothing less than the pursuit of the GodLife relationship.

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Faith is kinetic and transformational.
It is described in Scripture as following,
forgiving, seeking, rejoicing, sharing.

It is the life of relating to God, to others, and to God’s creation. To the Western mind it can appear sloppy and unpredictable and meandering. Yes, it is all of those things, and much more!

Belief is Plato; faith is Jesus.

–Leonard Sweet
Out of the Question . . . Into the Mystery
(emphasis added)

When faith falters

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When belief in God becomes difficult,
the tendency is to turn away from Him;
but in heaven’s name to what?

–C. K. Chesterton

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