This was in my reading in philosophy class today: “The philosopher is a seeker of truth; she wants to know whether religious beliefs are true and whether they can be known to be true or reasonably believed to be true” (Evens & Manis, 2009).
Here is what I think: A Christian is a seeker of truth and recognizes God as the ultimate truthmaker.
I was once asked by Jesus, “Why do you keep sinning when you know it is a sin?” I could not answer him, but I knew I needed to stop. Then Jesus asked another question, “Why do you question My church?” Again I didn’t know how to answer him. I felt no condemnation, shame, or guilt from Jesus. He showered divine grace on me then took my hand and said, “I’m going to be with you through this, even the church stuff.” When I awoke, I knew I needed to stop sinning. I also thought about why I questioned His church and knew the answer was I seek the truth. I know Jesus is always holding my hand for as long as I believe. This belief carries me.
On a personal note divine grace is nowhere close to any grace I ever felt and known before. It was a small portion of what it will be like in heaven with Jesus all the time. Trust me what we go through here on earth is worth what we will receive in heaven.
Peace and love,
Take what you need and leave the rest. May God bless you.
Evens, C.S. & Manis, R.Z. (2009). Philosophy of religion thinking: Thinking about faith. (2nd ed). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press