The Process, the Trajectory, the Journey

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A misconception about faith is that it is the same thing as certainty.  That it is an impenetrable fortress that cannot be touched by questions, uncertainty, or doubt.  Quoting from Frederick Buechner in Wishful Thinking:

“Faith is better understood as a verb than as a noun, as a process than a possession.  It is on-again-off-again rather than once-and-for-all.  Faith is not being sure where you’re going but going anyway.  A journey without maps.  Tillich said that doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.” (p. 25)

Faith is, perhaps, better understood as a trajectory than as a destination.  It is the aiming of oneself into the Radiant Darkness, the great Mystery that we call “God,” and then simply walking, one step at a time.  In such a view of faith, it is the journey that is to be emphasized, celebrated, witnessed to, rather than the conclusion of the journey.

Faith is about living the Mystery.  Sometimes, we live well; and sometimes we falter.  But all of this–the moments of disbelief and the moments of complete trust–are within the meaning of faith.  Doubting God is not an abandonment of faith.  Such an abandonment is only found in the refusal to continue the journey.


~ by eternaldode on 29 September 2009.

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