@Abi.re. I was thinking this morning how we (humans) live in a state of extremity. It seems the simplest way to explain our disagreements. What serves to propel our reasoning and living into a state of ‘ism’ is derived from incompleteness. It is why we need GOD.
Because every thought every deed we perform has elements of truth; we believe that our thinking indeed is the reasoning of gods. When we conclude this, we begin to assume others are wrong, while we must be right. But the greatest peril to being creatures without balance is the constant threat of extremities. It was how we were created. We were created to need GOD. But we were endowed with the right to chose who our god would be.
It is why we have wars. It is why we treat each other so poorly. It is why we can love each other and in the next instant heap hurt upon one another. So persistent is this imbalance that we conclude that anyone who stays with us through such contradictory behavior is someone who truly loves us. It is why our exploration seeks to disprove a Creator well beyond our ability to define. We are unable to stand with balance.
That should be expected and perhaps acknowledged. We are explorers who are confined to exploration of what we already know. Real learning, real growth comes via the authority that exists outside the influence of our universes. That is only GOD.
What Apologetics is for any one person can’t be summed up through a singular use ideology. Apologetics is concurrent with individual use, needs, or desires. Apologetics is what the John Loftus’, of this world, utilize as well.
His complaint that Christians keep using different logic and reasoning is in some manner a childish way of saying; you are false, you are wrong because you won’t stand still and afford me the ability to hit you when I strike at you. His complaint to me is also a testament to the effervescent nature of GOD. So well beyond our ability to know. If GOD would just stand in one place or the other. If He would only be one thing or the other. Be still GOD while we dissect you. We need to accept that GOD will never say; “mother may I!” GOD is not human. GOD is not definable by our thinking.
Our faith is not an act of different reasoning, faith is the constant. Faith is the connection to our balance. Seeming too slippery for debate, argument or our judgment. But simply one of the best demonstrations of human limitation. GOD does not need us. We need GOD.
We thought knowing good and evil would make us as GOD. It was the lie we brought in the Garden of Eden. It is the lie that continues to stymie. So, we waffle between one idea or the other. We can’t help ourselves.
I think doubt occurs for us all. As we live and love GOD we learn of His steadfastness. We know of His faithfulness. But being human means that even knowing is often challenged. We feel our humanness so acutely. It is why we watch and pray. It is why we seek daily to let the mind of CHRIST dwell in us.
GOD fleshes me out. GOD keeps me balanced. Ecclesiastical doctrine alone will not do. That doctrine must lead me to GOD if I will ever be my best. The day that atheism leads me to GOD than I will be happy to follow.