“Known and Loved by God”
Why is it easier to disbelieve than believe? It is easier to disbelieve than to believe because disbelief is an act of descent, whereas belief is an act of ascent and trust. Descending is easier than ascending. It is easier to disbelieve than to believe because disbelief is an act of breaking, and belief is an act of building. Building is more difficult than breaking. It is easier to disbelieve than to believe because disbelief is an act of our self-centered mind, whereas belief is an act of our self-giving heart.
God especially appreciates honest skeptics. There is a difference between skepticism that is honest and open to answers and phony intellectualism. I have met people, and I am sure you have too, who always have religious questions but are never interested in exploring honest answers. I suspect that their questions and skepticism are just excuses. They use the questions to keep spiritual discussions from getting to close to home.
The same is true for any honest skeptic who comes to the Lord seeking answers. If you come, doubts and all, and are willing to learn, listen, and eventually obey, there is no limit to what God has for you. We forget the undeniable truth that when we enter into the infinite, it is nothing short of the enlargement of our divinized consciousness. Our big problem today is not so much unbelieving “sinners,” but unbelieving Christians who have ceased to believe that God is with us, no matter how skeptical or full of doubt.
However, what happens is that unawareness gets the opportunity to control us more powerfully and brings us a sense of being alone in the hostile Universe. However, the good news is that when we disbelieve God, when we disbelieve the reality, God remains the same. When we believe in God, God's compassion gets the utmost opportunity to work in and through us most powerfully.
The deeper we enter into spiritual life, the more we become aware of the capacity of disbelief and belief. Disbelief is nothing short of destruction. Belief is nothing short of a new creation. As we start a New Year, this is a good time for a healthy self-appraisal. We might well ask ourselves, “Am I a disciple, or only a Christian by current standards?” Each time we believe in something, we see the face of a new creator within and without us. In addition, when we go one step ahead, when our inner faith looms large, then we see in us a person created in the image and likeness of God, known and loved by God.
Dr. SAMUEL SAWITSKI,
Sundays at 9:30am
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Where to Find Us:
Desert Garden United Church of Christ
18818 North 128th Avenue
Sun City West, AZ 85375
Phone: (623) 584-1795
Office open Monday-Thursday 8am-1pm
The Marsollier Family will perform in concert January 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Desert Garden United Church of Christ. Dennis and Claudia with their children Eric and Giselle will perform piano, organ, violin and cello solos and duets.
This will be the the eighth year. Our Men’s Fellowship is sponsoring this evening of musical entertainment open to the community. No tickets are required. A free will offering will be taken.