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Friday, May 1, 2015

Fess Up

Who has been the toughest person for you to explain your faith to? Why? What have you found to be helpful in dealing with people who ridicule your faith? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1494).

A belief in self-sufficiency on the part of the nonbeliever is the greatest difficulty to overcome. When this is coupled with unfortunate prior encounters with sanctimonious and rigid religiosity (which is in fact not faith at all but simply another form of myopic self-sufficiency), then the challenge becomes relaying a fresh definition of religion that is faith-based rather than based in inflexible arrogance, greed, insecurity, and fear.  A fundamental pillar of Christianity is the Golden rule which inherently calls into question the sufficiency of self-sufficiency.  Next, Christianity's realistic understanding of humanity's potential and creativity in conjunction with recognition of its limitations and frailties all together underwritten by grace provide the opportunity for planting seeds of faith which will germinate in due season.

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