Thought for the week
HERE is a quote worth remembering, especially in the light of the terrorist events that have blighted Europe, and even more so the Middle East: ‘ The opposite of faith is fundamentalism.’
To some, this might seem counterintuitive but that would be to misunderstand faith.
Faith does not shun doubt. Rather, faith acknowledges the human reality of doubt. Just read the Gospels and see how the disciples were a confused bunch who, in that state, were still loved by Jesus Christ. Faith with doubt allows space to grow in both humility and knowledge.
Fundamentalism is a blight on our world. It is not strong faith, it is blind faith that cannot deal with other opinions and insights. Fundamentalism purports to be built with concrete, but the slightest deviance threatens to let the whole edifice tumble.
Faith, on the other hand, is in reality far stronger for it can cope with alternative opinions and new understandings of life, culture, science and human sexuality.
Jesus came into this world to both challenge and affirm our humanity. His spirit continues this work for the future is open and we are encouraged to explore it, eyes open. There are mysteries which forever unfold before us. Thanks be to God, Creator, Saviour and Holy Spirit. Rev Dugald Cameron, Kilmore and Oban, Moderator of the Presbytery of Argyll