Faith and Doubt by John Ortberg

By John Ortberg

What if crucial be aware is the only within the heart? we frequently ponder doubt because the contrary of religion, yet may perhaps it really enhance our courting with God? based on John Ortberg, best-selling writer and pastor, the very nature of religion calls for the presence of uncertainty. during this refreshingly candid examine a lifetime of religion, he strains the road among trust and unbelief: much less a dividing line among opposed camps than a razor's aspect that runs via each soul. His findings aspect us towards the comfort of being completely sincere. Questions can extend our realizing, uncertainty may end up in belief, and sincere religion can produce outrageous wish. Written from Ortberg's personal fight with religion and doubt, this publication will problem, convenience, and encourage you with the fact that God desires all of us---including our doubts.

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Home is the place where you are valued. You and your home bless each other. If you didn’t have a home, you would be homeless; you wouldn’t belong anywhere. On the other hand, if your home didn’t have you, it would be just another place. Robert Frost wrote a poem in which a husband and a wife argue about whether to take in an old and troublesome acquaintance who is dying and has nowhere else to go. The wife thinks they should invite him in; the husband recognizes that he will probably have to agree but feels trapped.

God told human beings to exercise dominion over the earth. That means it is our home but that it is really a gift. The deed is in his name. We are supposed to take care of it. ”11 Because our homes are so wrapped up with our identities, we become deeply attached to them. Most of our kids’ childhood they lived on Eisenhower Circle in a suburb of Chicago, in a two-story white house with red shutters and a patio on a pie-wedge lot with a big backyard. We raised them there and watched them trudge off to school, have sleepovers in the basement, go on first dates, practice piano, and mess up the kitchen learning how to cook.

We’re all just atoms. Maybe so. But I don’t know anyone who lives consistently with that idea. A theologian named Woody Allen captured the absurdity this leaves us in: “More than any time in human history, humankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other leads to total extinction. ”6 I do not see how it would be possible to find a meaningful life in a meaningless universe. The only purpose that is worthy of life is something bigger than life itself. It is more than maximizing pleasure and minimizing pain for a few years on earth.

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