There is such wealth in the narrative of this video. I encourage you … allow it to penetrate your heart. If even for just one moment you can permit it’s words room to breathe in your soul, that moment could be all they need.
“The significant conflict is between those who do not know but have the courage to face up to that unknowing, to embrace it; those who have beliefs but who also doubt them and question them. And those who do not know but who refuse to accept it; those who turn away from that and pretend they have the answer, because they are too frightened to look at the unknowing and mystery we are immersed in.”
We live in a world full of people who know. But everyone believes in something, everyone has faith in something greater than themselves, and everyone believes they are right. Athiests, Muslims, Buddists, Christians, Jews. We all know the Truth. We know it in our souls. We have been instilled with the greater knowledge, and prompted by the spirit that leads us. So … are we all right? Are none of us right? Are all of us partially right? Does it matter?
We do not need to doubt our own beliefs in order to set aside the prideful claim that we are somehow the privileged few who happen to have been born into the “right” family, religion, race, or country that has the secret no one else was entitled to. As a Christian, it does not lessen the weight of Christ’s incarnation, life, ministry, crucifixion, or resurrection to admit that the only thing I know … is that I simply don’t.
And still, isn’t God’s mystery beautiful? I think so. I think the way He moves through each person, place, and thing on this Earth is to be feared. I think that above all other believed understanding of the scripture we ought to remember that our ways are not His ways, and our thoughts are not His thoughts. We cannot know, because we are not God.
I believe this idea is important for a multitude of reasons … The pain of separation in believers and the church as it is today. Those in the church who want to feel freedom to discuss thoughts and ideas without being told they are wrong. The ultimate goal of serving those in need and loving our neighbor being put second to the unattainable demands of righteousness. The walls we have built, and are continuing to build, between those around us in our own communities.
This does not have to be a dramatic shift. A person only needs to think of the idea. Let the anxieties of what this might mean overtake you for a moment. It does not mean you change your beliefs, but rather it means you change your attitude about them.
“I never question God, I can only question my assumptions of God.” Peter Rollins
I love the spirit of what you’ve posted here, Stephanie. I’m gonna plug this one over on the Nailing it to the Door FB page. The freedom to release certainty (and, dare I say it, smugness) from what we believe is a liberating thing if only we allow it.
I’m glad it resonated with you, Dan. Sometimes you throw things out there, and wonder if you are the only one feeling that way:) Thank you for passing it along as well.