Friday, November 2, 2012

"A mature adult faith is deeply rooted in friendship with Christ"

We must not remain children in faith, in the condition of minors. And what does it mean to be children in faith? St Paul answers: it means being "tossed here and there, carried about by every wind of doctrine" (Eph 4: 14). This description is very timely!

How many winds of doctrine have we known in recent decades, how many ideological currents, how many ways of thinking. The small boat of the thought of many Christians has often been tossed about by these waves - flung from one extreme to another: from Marxism to liberalism, even to libertinism; from collectivism to radical individualism; from atheism to a vague religious mysticism; from agnosticism to syncretism and so forth. Every day new sects spring up, and what St Paul says about human deception and the trickery that strives to entice people into error (cf. Eph 4: 14) comes true.

Today, having a clear faith based on the Creed of the Church is often labeled as fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, that is, letting oneself be "tossed here and there, carried about by every wind of doctrine", seems the only attitude that can cope with modern times. We are building a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one's own ego and desires.

We, however, have a different goal: the Son of God, the true man. He is the measure of true humanism. An "adult" faith is not a faith that follows the trends of fashion and the latest novelty; a mature adult faith is deeply rooted in friendship with Christ. It is this friendship that opens us up to all that is good and gives us a criterion by which to distinguish the true from the false, and deceit from truth.

We must develop this adult faith; we must guide the flock of Christ to this faith. And it is this faith - only faith - that creates unity and is fulfilled in love.

1 comment:

George Dunning said...

This terminolgy of a 'friendship' is something I find difficult and almost to daunting to come to terms with. A 'friendship' with Jesus, someone who maybe 2000 years ago I may have sat down with and talked with and read his features and mannerisms and the intonations in his voice and in doing so come to know him in a way that meant when I called him 'friend' it truly meant something. Now I am asked to enter into a relationship a friendship when all (in the big sense not a little sense) I am left with are the whispers and the echos and the half glimpses through events or the lives of others, what I am left with is mystical. Synical as it sounds and it is not meant to be offensive, sometimes if feels that such a frienship with Jesus is like a FB frienship . . . I dont want that as I know that is not how it is meant to be, there is something calling so much deeper, a desire for something so much deeper, but how do we get there today? God in his wisdom seems to have withdrawn, Jesus is with him. It feels like a relationship by proxy and that is not, I know it is not, what it was created to be! Why then God do you hide your face?