Sunday, April 01, 2007

Sunday 1 April 2007

"Part of Christian walk is to learn how to live in ambiguities", paraphrased Soo Inn's aphorism. Christian pilgrimage is not merely a rationalistic endeavor but a holistic living. One, like me, often swing between pendulums from anti-intellectuallism to Intellectualism (with the capital 'I'). But reality is more than propositions (thank God for that!). It is something else. Something unexplainable, uncomprehensible, unfathomable, yet desirable. An ancient Chinese called it 'the Great'.

Is that God? Could be. 'Could be' because that depends on what one means by 'God'.

The aphorism might sounds unconvincing to many believers. Not only because it 'seems' distasteful to modern humans but it also 'seems' to give fellow non-trinitarians the right to point their fingers to critic "See, i knew it! Christianity is not reasonable, it's based on faith!" But to think about it, aren't all worldviews require some degree of faith?

A fellow atheist can't affirm reality with a Descarte's foundationalism or Hume's empiricism, neither can a skeptic affirms anything with Nietzchianism (whatever that is).

But again, to say that Christianity is a 'mere' faith worldview demands too much from fellow creatures. We are created in a way to live meaningfully and comprehensively. We have to reason to grasp reality. To grasp 'God'. Many think that the main function of rationality is to critique others, but i beg for pardon. I think rationality is used best to critique ourselves. Examined ourselves.

I turned my heart to know and to search out and to seek wisdom and the scheme of things, and to know the wickedness of folly and the foolishness that is madness.~Ecclesiastes 7:25

And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
~ Romans 8:27

Rationality supposed to be a superb tool which should not be abandoned. But ironically that'd always been the case. Neither Christians nor non-Christians should be extreme dogmatic on anything. Christians are called to use their minds by Scripture, the word and the authority of God. Non-Christians are called by common-sense or intuition to live meaningfully. Both fellow creatures should live with reason and faith going hand-in-hand. A compatible and holistic manner to approach and appreciate the 'reality'.

Living with ambiguities is not a bad thing after all. It's the way the world keeps going. We had the triumphant Newtonian science once. Everyone had one at one point of time in their lives. I had mine.

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