Wednesday, November 30, 2005

TRUTH...


How do ‘we’ decide what truth is? We are so quick to argue about what we know, what we believe, we claim to understand scriptures and very often many of us, have a different out take on the passages. In fact it is easy to make scripture say just about anything we want. So what is the foundation? To claim personal enlightenment on certain passages is hardly enlightening, but it occurs all the time. So who is right? I will give an example: Most of Christians will quickly agree that the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ is real, that God was able to become fully man while still being fully God, then die on our behalf and three days later come to life so that we could have life. Yet the same Christians can easily limit God’s power of what he can and can’t do, in terms of creation, flood, man being swallowed and spit out by a great fish…ect. So who is right? Is scripture authoritative, did the writers mean this as literal stories or only as teachings to motivate us? And if God is able to do such great miracles, why do we limit him on some and not others? I don’t proclaim to have it all figured out (thus the questions) but it does seem to me valid to trust the witness that has been set for us by the early church by the community of hermeneutics. Whether interpreting the oral data, written scriptures, liturgy and commentaries. It would seem that faith must accompany logic. The two are not held one above the other but complimenting each other. Any thoughts?

6 comments:

YootguyMark said...

It seems there is a lot to learn by listening. Faith and truth are looked at togther in my mind. Sometimes faith supercedes logic. Having faith doesn't always seem logical.
Thanks for the thinking Paul.

md

Paul Morgun said...

Interesting mark, is it because we have faith in things we cant logically explain sometimes...

Anonymous said...

personally i think faith and the revelation of the holy spirit seem more authoritative than logic. remember the wisdom of man is foolishness to god. it does not seem logical that to enter the kingdom of heaven we must give up logic and reasoning and become like a little child who really only has faith. however, this is what scripture has stated. we are too interested in figuring things out (like theology) and explaining things reasonably, that we leave out the mystery and the possibility of misinterpreting scripture or being wrong for all the right reasons.

Paul Morgun said...

Thanks anonymous, very interesting points. I am intrigued by this comment you made: "we must give up logic and reasoning and become like a little child who really only has faith. however, this is what scripture has stated." Faith does seem to imply that we are to rely on someone, past our understanding. But do you believe we are literally are to become like children? And even then children have some understanding of their world. What I mean is that i think i know what your saying, but there are dangers in just saying that. My intent in this post is though that Truth is often perceived but what we are willing to accept...So there has to be grounding foundation in our teachings...and i believe that is the early church and scriptures...

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