The Spiritual Vision of Faith

Then he touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.”Mt 9: 29

We see what we want to see, and it is that desire to see only what we want to see that blinds us from the truth.

Without faith, I cannot know God. I cannot know God only through philosophy. I cannot know God only through science. I cannot know God only by doing right by others.

Not that these things do not have value. Of course they do. It would be absurd to suggest otherwise. Everything can help see the truth–that is, to help us distinguish between reality and shadow–provided that we have faith. We see and understand to the extent that we have faith. A person’s lack of belief–his or her blindness–results simply from a lack of faith.

It is from a lack of faith that inspires an atheist to argue against the existence of God from the problem of evil. (On the contrary, the argument makes no sense to a person with faith.) It is from a non-believer’s lack of faith that evidence from the fossil record suggests that the story of Creation is a nothing but a myth. (To me, evolution illustrates that God’s creation is a work in progress.) It is a physicist’s lack of faith that leads him to conclude there is no God, not string theory. (In fact, is our pursuit of science nothing more than man exploring Eden as described in Gen 2: 19-20?) It is a lack of faith that leads people into immorality, not Lady GaGa.

Thus, it is not reason that leads one away from God. It is a lack of faith that leads one away from God. And reason cannot diminish a person’s faith, since faith and reason derive from the same source.

Faith gives man sight. But, given the frailty of the human condition, our sight can go bad. Even those who can see need glasses. Fortunately, we have reason, science, the arts, philosophy, and so many other great gifts that help us maintain the spiritual vision of our faith.

Hence, there is no need to repeal the Enlightenment.

Peace and all goodness!

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One Response

  1. Such Wisdom from one so young (youth is relative). If more Christians would address their faith with openness (“evolution illustrates that God’s creation is a work in progress”) and less all or nothing judgment, we could overcome the Galileo syndrome that has constantly found the ‘church organization’ fighting for shallow faith instead of letting believers use the gifts of thought and questioning to learn more of the glory of creation.

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