Faith

July 11, 2017

I was reading somewhere recently about faith and how faith isn't a choice. You can't just wake up one day and choose to believe in God. You come to that sense perhaps through culture, or through belonging or because of the type of personality you are but you don't just suddenly choose to believe.

 

Its the same with politics, you can't just choose one day to believe in socialism or capitalism or independence.

 

So, given that that thought might be true, how do we do church? What does it mean for the church when people just can't choose to believe?

 

Is church what we should be focusing on or might we better give opportunity for belief, be partners in a community that offer a space to explore what belief is rather than hand it out on a plate. Is perhaps the greater thing in belief offering different ways to follow love and justice and peace rather than one (narrow) way to belief in God?

 

I'm just trying to work out Jesus priorities and they perhaps speak more about offering a way to follow not salvation but love of neighbour and justice because it seems the result of following that didn't determine your ultimate outcome. It rather worked the other way around, that love is unconditional and isn't limited only to those who believe a certain thing. It can't if faith isn't a choice. It just doesn't work for some. you can't force people to believe what they don't believe in the same way you can't force people to believe in independence or nuclear weapons or slavery...

 

So I ask again. mainly for my own anxiety and confusion, what is the point of the church in all of this?

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