We read in the scriptures that “on that day you will know that I am in the Father, and you are in me and I am in you.” (John 14:20) He called them and immediately they left their nets and followed Him. (Mt 4 22)
In these two scripture quotes we hear about the basis of Christianity. We hear the voice of God and realizing that God is in us and we are in God. We become believers.
The church is in a search for true believers who will not only follow Christ, but who will change the world, heal the world, and give hope to the world.
Today Christians need to have hope that God is in us, and the world needs to know that God’s Word to us is true and that we need to follow Him.
Some non believers are saying that our world cannot exist without Christianity. Ancient history teaches us that life without the God of Christianity was very brutal and uncivilized.
As we mature, we soon realize that there are no human answers to some of our questions.
So many voices today are working against Christianity, stating that it has no place in the modern world, that their own values and standards are far better. We are even hearing voices that we need no police, no authorities, or structures in society. We need only look to what has happened to parts of cities where this has been tried in the last few weeks.
It is possible that we are badly misunderstanding the place that our living God plays in our life? Do we really know what role the church plays in God’s plan? What is Faith?
God created the church, and the church is Holy. Let us not be too quick to dismiss it. While the church is one, it does have different elements in it. We know and understand the church differently when we were young and when we are older.
So many voices today are working against Christianity, stating that it has no place in the modern world, that their own values and standards are far better.
Normally we first encounter the church as an institution. To some, it looks like something people created. It has customs, traditions, rituals, hierarchy, rules, and procedures. We spend much time teaching these things to children and young people. All aspects of the institution are important, but they are not our whole faith. There are those who want help from us to understand liturgy, icons, the bible, and everything else. We can be happy or not happy with the answers we get. The moral teaching of the church is what we want to understand as well. We feel that our church needs to make sense to us before we accept or reject it.
As we mature, we soon realize that there are no human answers to some of our questions. Our journey with God is a “mystery”. It is beyond our ability to understand. It is our “faith”. It is not “science”. What is the “Eucharist”, “What is life after death”, “Who is God”? These are all a mystery.
God created the church, and the church is Holy. Let us not be too quick to dismiss it
To come to terms with faith, we have to go beyond our desire for a certain and final knowledge.
Love, like all matters of God, are not understood, but believed in.
The call of Jesus to follow Him, actually is not a call to understanding, but an initiation to a journey of faith. A journey where we contemplate and believe that God is in Jesus who is in us and on a spiritual level. We are all one.
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