The God Squad is a Jewish Rabbi and Christian Monsignor (priest) that has a syndicated newspaper column that shows up every Thursday in our paper, the News and Observer. They answer religious/spirtual questions, and the view points of both the Jewish and Christian faiths brings a unique perspective to their answers.
This past week they had an answer that contained the following exerpt on faith that I really liked:
Rarely can you convince someone of the existence of God. Faith, for the most part, is more of the heart than the mind. We sometimes believe that if we put our faith in a loving God that this loving God will spare us from any pain. When faith is tested by setbacks, one either grows stronger in faith or runs away from faith.
Faith does not guarantee an easy life. Instead, it gives us a relationship with God that doesn’t eliminate pain but helps us deal with it.
True faith thanks God for each day. It makes time for prayer. It looks for the presence of God in life. It recognizes that some suffering is hard to understand and harder to figure out. When faith unites us with God, it creates a great peace, one that will last forever. When someone says there is no God, it should represent the beginning of a discussion, rather than the end.
I am much more of a “mind” person in everything exept my faith. And while I enjoy apologetics immensely, I always think the arguments just don’t cut it at some level. So when it comes to faith, I rely on my heart to tell me what is true, not my mind. Some, especially non-believers may view that as a weakness, but I view it as a feeling that there are some hings beyond what humans can know in this world.
And this answer from the God Squad really fits in with what I believe.