- L Trevarthen
Who Are You Fooling?
Who are you fooling?
You don't believe in anything, you say. But is that really true?
Today is April Fool's Day, when traditionally pranks are pulled at the expense of someone else. It is a day to point out fools and foolish things. But, wait a minute, we aren't about to pull a prank on you, and we aren't here to pull the wool over your eyes because we think you are a fool. Sadly, it is more likely that you think we are being foolish.
It is clear that a lot of people think that religion is for fools, and here we are, on a religious webpage, one that says that someone born over 2000 years ago is going to save the world.
What we want you to consider is whether belief is foolish, and whether faith is only for fools.
Christians have a genuine belief. A belief that says there is a God. A belief that says there is a Saviour. Does this make Christians fools?
Do you have any beliefs?
Many say they have none, but is that really true?
You need a certain amount of faith to believe that when you turn the light switch on the bulb will go, and when you turn the key in the ignition the car will start. We have faith not because we actually make these things or put them together. We have faith because, despite not being electricians or mechanics, who might be the types of people who would know about lights and cars, we have seen the work they do and how it has worked. We don't just believe blindly. We have seen the evidence of the lights turning on and the car starting. We have seen that when we pay our electricity bill and fill the car tank that these things work for us. We have seen what happens when there is no electricity or fuel.
Most Christians have a basis for their faith too. It's not a faith that has been imposed by tradition. It's not a faith that has been inherited from generations of family. It's not a faith that necessarily has blinding-first-hand-evidence, but it's a faith that has some basis. It might have grown over time. It might be because of something that has happened. It might be because the mind-shift sees nuances in events that were never recognised before. It might be because people want to make sense of things that are happening, and nothing else seems to make sense. It might be because to have no belief is so numbing that it is inconsiderable.
Does Christian belief make Christians fools? Does your belief in things that you have not made, or had first-hand experience of, make you a fool?
All I ask is that you do not discount belief and faith. That you consider that there is a basis for believing in something.
Because, mostly people do believe in something.
What is worth believing in, is the real question, and it is not foolish to ask.