Some talk about faith is pure games. Christ is not a problem as long as he follows Moses. In fact people expect God to deny himself so that their ways can be treated as the best thing since the walls of Jericho fell. Our prayers are mostly selfish wishes -what else could they be? – if they are not about getting our neighbours to be like us and enjoy the same things we do..
When we talk about faith we sometimes drill the propaganda that has been there all along:
- what God wants us to do
- How we fix our failures
- What is our destiny
Faith in God stretches our neat packages of maxims, fables, and commands, so that a child can see the difference. Believing in God is expected to break new ground and affect those things we are incapable of changing. Ending the terror of death would be a nice starting point. God invests in giving our diseased minds one shot on this account.
One sign to believe
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you. But he answered them, An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. Matthew 12:38-41
So the next time faith comes up in a discussion comparing faiths it is good to remember that Christian faith is a matter of life and death and calls for imagination. The rulers of the earth have imagined a vain thing. They want to have a kingdom without a king. They want peace based on tough rules. Show me a child who has become a model citizen who was shaped by us-them policy, law and order and pretense and I will show you a lost cause. I will show you a laughing matter.
Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us. He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Psalm 2:1-4