“I wish I had your faith”
What’s that about?
People seem to think there’s some virtue in blindly believing in something, anything.
I’m interested in the truth.
I’ve been reading C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters recently, and I think he makes some very useful points.
He tells how the “learned” people of his time (around 70 years ago) read lots of old books, but rather than decide whether a statement is true or not, they discussed what influenced the author, whether it was consistent with their other books, what stage in their development, or the general history of thought it represented, how it influenced later writers, how it had been misunderstood, the current general thinking on the subject, and the present state of the question.
Things don’t seem to have changed much in the last 70 years. No one is right or wrong, there may be advantages and disadvantages to different points of view, but what is called ‘truth’ is subjective.
It seems I’m not that good at explaining why what I believe should be the objective truth, but part of the problem is probably that people don’t believe there is such a thing as objective truth.
I’m pretty sure the faith that Christians are supposed to have is faith that God will keep his promises, not to cling on to believing he exists while keeping our eyes shut.