Contrast =

Have you ever thought about the meaning of (your) life and, before long, ended up feeling insignificant? A feeling that forms when considering yourself with shortcomings, with limited abilities and a short-lived mundane existence leading to nothing more than remains scattered in the wind. Fantastic! 

Consider God in contrast to this and then consider that He invites us to be His children, to be brothers and sisters of His son. We are all of the dreary things mentioned above – we have little meaning, but.. God stooped down and gave us identity, He gave us meaning and holds us in His hand giving us rest from this fleeting reality.

Next time you are awakened to the bleak reality of our existence, be thankful! Then seek to find solace in the contrast of now with the identity found in a holy loving God!

“In Otto’s study of the human experience of the holy, he discovered that the clearest sensation that human beings have when they experience the holy is an overpowering and overwhelming sense of creatureliness. That is,

    • when we are aware of the presence of God, we become most aware of ourselves as creatures.
    • When we meet the Absolute, we know immediately that we are not absolute.
    • When we meet the Infinite, we become acutely conscious that we are finite.
    • When we meet the Eternal, we know we are temporal.

To meet God is a powerful study in contrasts.”

-The Holiness of God, RC Sproul. (formatting added)

Belief ≠ A Departing Bee

Belief, essentially, is faith in something and, in turn, faith is defined as (Google):

  1. Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
  2. Strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.

Alas, here lies the “..rather than proof.” that makes Christians, or people from any other religion for that matter, a bit dumb. If this is true than smart people would not believe in anything.. Or does it?

The statement “I don’t believe in anything” is contradicting. All of us believes something even if you claim to be an atheist the fact is you believe  that there is no God. We all believe something, we all have a framework from which we view the world and try to make sense of things. (Does God exists? – that is not something that I will dwell on, but should you want to have brain workout or want to read up a bit on the rationale of the claim of an existence of God see this post on GotQuestions.)

So what does the Christian believe? As Christian: what is your one-liner answer to that question? Non-Christian: what do you think Christians believe? Firstly, the Christian faith is not the good deeds you do (although “We are justified by faith alone but not by a faith that is alone.”), or the church and people you associate with (although community is a must, see this cliche).. 

According to a pretty smart guy (who happened to be a Christian) from 1700 AD -ish faith is:

“..the soul’s entirely embracing the revelation of Jesus Christ as our Savior.

The expanded version of the above definition:

“It is the soul’s entirely acquiescing (def: something reluctantly but without protest) in this revelation, from a sense of the sufficiency, dignity, glory, and excellency of the author of the revelation. Faith is the whole soul’s active agreeing, according, and symphonizing with this truth: all opposition in judgment and inclination, so far as he believes, being taken away.”

Every now and again all of us should consider and assess what we believe. If you are a Christian do you often think why you call yourself that? If you are not a Christian what is it then that you believe? The thing about faith in something is that it should make sense of the world. Does your beliefs explain famine, death, disasters and pain? Does it explain creation, laughter, marriage and the rainbow? Clear things up for yourself, it should mean contentedness of the soul – if not: maybe rethink your worldview. I know I need to more often than not.

Quotes from Jonathan Edwards, Concerning Faith #24.