Monday, October 21, 2013

If you believe in God…

“If you believe in God, you do not do so because some foundational institution guarantees his existence. You believe him because his person, the personal existence of God, gives birth to your trust. His works and his historical “activity”, his interventions within history, make you want a relationship with him…

…At whatever level or degree, faith is an event and experience of relationship, a road radically different from intellectual certainty and “objective” knowledge. If we wish to know the God of the biblical tradition, the God of the Church, we must search by the right road, the road of faith. Logical “proofs” for his existence, the objective attempts of apologetics, the historical trustworthiness of the sources of the Christian tradition, can be useful aids in order that the need for faith be born within us. But they do not lead to faith, nor can they replace it”[1].

[1] Yannaras, Christos, Elements of Faith – An Introduction to Orthodox Theology, (Edinburgh, T&T Clark, 1991), p.12-13

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