Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Crazy little thing called Faith

When it comes to God, it takes more courage to believe than to not believe.

Unbelief is not difficult, depending on what you think about life and death it may be dangerous, but it is not, in my opinion, difficult. Logic, science, philosophy, popular culture- all support unbelief. Spirituality is a significant part of modern society, but traditional notions of religion- moral boundaries, hell, creation, and salvation- these are not popular. It makes sense not to believe in God, because belief really is so illogical.

It’s considered a bit embarrassing to be “religious” today. A certain naiveté is assumed in those who believe in God too completely or exclusively. Such closed mindedness is impractical and unacceptable,

For the modern-day, intelligent believer who finds it necessary to use logic and reasoning in everyday life, the bridge between logic and belief in God is faith. Faith is a matter of the heart, not the mind. Faith is the logic beyond logic that many do not think exists.

I think it is more logical to believe in what you know within yourself then what you can prove outside of yourself. For me, it is not logical or reasonable to defy my feelings and instincts in the pursuit of proof or facts. Proof and facts can be very useful and are certainly not unimportant, but it is a fact that some things cannot be proven. Some of what exists in life exists only within the human experience. One believes because they have experienced God and they have faith that God exists in this world.

It is very easy to find reasons not to believe in God and it is difficult to find God if you do not want to. As the verse goes, “Seek and ye shall find.” God is difficult to find if you search only with your mind rather than your whole self.

I’ve found the study of Philosophy to be very frustrating in my life, but Philosophers get at least one thing right- people need to believe in something. Some might say this is because it is human nature to need purpose and explanation in life, but I think it is because deep down we all know God. We all know God in a part of ourselves, but as individuals we choose whether to acknowledge this part or not.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Two steps forward...

Tomorrow is the last day (last exam) of my first year of law school. Taken alone it's quite an accomplishment. A year of a professional degree is something that not a lot of people accomplish, and, of course, it makes me that much closer to being a lawyer. This year, however, gives new meaning to the phrase "two steps forward, one step back."

While I've certainly accomplished something this year, I feel several steps further away from knowing what I want from this "accomplishment" than I did in August. Age has been like this for me. When I graduated from high school I had a clear plan for my life, but over time real life seeps into dreams. No dream lives up to its potential in execution.

In life, as the years have passed, I have gained a lot. Yet the time is approaching when I will have to decide what to do with the spoils. Really, that's what this latest accomplishment means. I draw ever closer to that moment where I have nothing left to do in preparation for life and I actually have to live it.