The death toll resulting from the tornado has surpassed 100. The weather has yet to let up, and we’re expecting more severe storms tonight and tomorrow.
The people can never err more than in supposing that by multiplying their representatives beyond a certain limit, they strengthen the barrier against the government of a few.
…. The countenance of the government may become more democratic, but the soul that animates it will be more oligarchic.” —~ Alexander Hamilton & James Madison // ‘On Congress’
Some people pose as if ‘speaking’ about an issue isn’t ‘doing’ something about it. Speaking is doing something; it’s a physical act, an event. The real question is whether or not ‘speaking’ about the issue at hand is ‘doing’ enough; more often than not, it never is.
I don’t know where life will go for me from here. And that’s overwhelmingly daunting and fear-inspiring at times. But I gotta live; because challenging as it may be, it’s no excuse not to. To be sure, indeed it is one powerfully lucid contradiction to be allow oneself to be defeated by the abiding, looming uncertainty which attends all humanity - notwithstanding the fear and doubt it engenders - when you say, and genuinely think and feel and believe, that there is something bigger than yourself.
But you see that’s the rub I’m finding: to have faith and to believe in God, doesn’t mean that you are certain about your security; it doesn’t immediately imbue you with certainty about the future or even the present. To believe in God, first of all, is a giant leap of faith; it’s an act and expression of invested emotional, physical, mental, intellectual, and spiritual energy and conviction. To believe is no easy task. Just coming to that conclusion in itself is pretty challenging. What one says is that though they’ve never seen, felt, spoken with or otherwise had tangible contact with God, they believe anyway. Indeed it’s a premise which breaks down with atheists, agnostics, and all others who deny the existence of God. For them it’s unreasonable to logically derive the existence of the divine from little more than what they perceive to be extremely tenuous connections with something ethereal that cannot be empirically or tangibly sensed.
But there is step beyond the tangible which those who profess belief seem to be convinced exists.
Now this isn’t an Christian apologetic piece, so I will not go on there.
But what I really want to express is simply that regardless of the means which bring one to belief and faith, it should not be taken to be tantamount to certainty. Faith itself is not certainty. It’s essentially believing something without the “proof”; at least any proof that would satisfy human perception. You may believe with all your heart and all your mind, but you have faith, not ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY. I think absolute certainty isn’t reserved for us. The bible says, ” Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.” (Heb. 11:1)
As far as evidence goes, if one has faith, that’s all the evidence to be expected. Of course that evidence is something God and that person must navigate in whatever way that personal relationship entails. But faith is unseen, God is unseen, love is unseen. These things can’t satisfy that physical, tangible, empirical longing to justify the belief with proof that is so unequivocal that it cannot be refuted. But that’s faith. It’s believing that there is something more. It comes by hearing. It’s sustained by the God we believe and trust in. But certainty does not mean faith. Faith says I am not certain, but I believe that there is a loving, just God who is there. As much as I can in my imperfection, I believe HE is who HE has revealed himself to me to be. I know nothing. I’m not certain. I have faith.