From 22 words:

Whether you participate in an organized, capital-eff Faith or not, you have a faith-story—or testimony, in Christianese.

Here’s atheist Ricky Gervais’s:

His most important remark comes toward the end. Amid the jokes, he says in passing,

You can’t believe in something you don’t.

No one laughs; he doesn’t pause to restate. I’m not sure anyone picks up on the fact this is what it all comes down to.

Regardless of what we believe about belief, virtually everyone—of any faith or nonfaith genre—lives as if beliefs are chosen. But are they?

Here’s a thought experiment:

  1. Pick something you believe (anything, no matter how insignificant…)
  2. Now believe something different.

How’d that go for you?

We’re all myopic, in that we can only see what we see, believe what we believe. Sometimes what we see changes, and with it our beliefs, but what if what we see doesn’t change?

The more I keep this in mind, the harder it is to find fault with people who disagree with me…

…even though I continue believing—just like you do—that they’re wrong.

(HT:Abraham Piper)

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About Chuck Mullis

I am the husband of Valerie and the father of Russell & Hannah. I am a self-employed contractor living in rural North Carolina as well as an ordained Southern Baptist Minister serving Living Water Baptist Church.

One response »

  1. Slamdunk says:

    Thanks for the insight. If you would not have pointed to that part and then expounded on it, I would have completely missed the significance of the passing sentence.

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