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The season of lent is over. For this season, I gave up all alcohol. For those of you that know me well, you’re aware how difficult this was for me to do. Well, you’re aware how difficult it *appeared* for me to do.

The truth of the matter is: not drinking for 6 weeks was significantly less challenging than I thought it would have been. The reason for this: I believe in God far more than I require anything the world has to offer. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I’m surprised by this revelation.

I’m writing all of this, after having a nice share of Jack Daniels this evening. I didn’t give up alcohol forever. I gave it up for 6 weeks to recognize the sacrifice that my savior gave while still in human form upon the Earth. It sounds trivial to many of you. This gets me to the point of why I’m writing at all.

Faith requires courage.

Some of you will scoff at this statement. I challenge you, however, to deny it. Tell me that it takes courage to discredit the believer. Tell me that it takes more courage to find examples of inaccuracy of a statement of faith. Tell me that believing in nothing demands more than believing in something.

I believe in the LORD, Jesus Christ. He is the only son of God, who gave his on mortal life for all of us that we might have the opportunity to know eternal life. There is no other gateway to this path than recognition of who He is.

For those of you who discredit this notion, tell me; what *do* you believe in?

Recognizing the courage of this statement doesn’t take much intellectual investment. Any time you have believed anything to be true, you’ve undoubtedly encountered skeptics. You are aware that skepticism, by itself, is cowardice. Skepticism, with a counter-belief, is a belief.

That is, again, the point. Belief is Faith, and faith requires courage.

  • Guest

    NO NO NO. NO!

    How much courage do you think it requires for someone born in a religious family to stand up and say, “I do not believe”? This is the story of many, including mine. Jesus walked among those who disbelieved him as the Son of God. It took tremendous amount of courage for him to do that, and the courage of an everyday person to stand up for his own beliefs, even if they violate your own, isn’t any less than that.

  • Minlaughter1

    I believe in Something, too… The Something which will remain nameless and INDESCRIBABLE  because I understand that as a human I do NOT understand. I have no illusions about religion…I do not think the Something is approached any more correctly by committee, or with an instruction manual…or that the Something only reached out to humankind ONE time, in ONE form. What I DO believe is that the Something is a benevolent, loving force and wishes me growth and good. I have seen this over and over again.  I also believe that each person has an absolute right to approach the Something in whatever way works best for them, and it harm none…and that NO ONE has the right to force a particular method of approach based on their personally held beliefs.

  • Cousinosis

    That’s Why You Da Man Cory! Good Work. I haven’t been drunk in at least 5 months. Thats not to say I haven’t had a drink from time to time. But It’s nice to clear out the cobwebs. I love your statement on Faith. There was a time, I’m sure that you remember, when I had the convictions as you do pertaining to Christ. It’s good to be steadfast in belief as you are, I applaud your actions and words. Keep up the good work. And FYI man, I could never do the Daniels either, I’m more of a Grey Goose Guy myself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/corycollier Cory Collier

    Dear guest,

    This question has been asked so many times, I’m reconsidering how I’ve worded this post. I apologize if this has offended you in some way. That wasn’t my intent. 

    My point here, which you’ve provided an eloquent example of, is that belief requires faith. That is not to say a lack of belief in Jesus is synonymous with cowardice. 
    That is an argument, which I do not believe I’m qualified to make.

  • http://www.facebook.com/corycollier Cory Collier

    Thanks Justin. I miss you dude. Hope things are going well for you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/corycollier Cory Collier

    I mostly agree with you, minus one important point. An understanding of what love is is extremely subjective, and fraught with opportunity to misinterpret for our own personal gain. God, who I think you believe in as well, is a loving benevolent God. 

    His will be done. 

    His will however, is far beyond the grasp of our ability to understand. Because of this, I think stating that God is a loving god provides an opening to think our own wants are in tune with what God wants. I believe this is wrong. I believe there is a standard for how God wants people to live. I don’t have anything better than the Bible to base that understanding.This is a tricky situation for me. I believe the Bible is the basis of how to live. However, I’m fervently deny that any secular organization should enforce those rules upon anyone. In short: I believe the Bible is right. I don’t believe that governments should enforce it.

  • Chefjpv

    Love is subjective, but you know what else is too? Right and wrong. The bible is a perfect example of how morality has changed over the two millenia since its stories occurred. I dont need to tell you about the divinely sanctioned torture, rape and murder of the old testament, or the misogyny of the new testament. Its all in there as god’s word. We all like to believe that Thomas Jefferson was a man of morals and high principle, but he owned numerous slaves. Owning slaves back then obviously wasnt looked upon as cruel and evil like it is now. They even believed they were providing a better life for the slaves than if they had remained godless savages back in Africa. So when you say “the bible is right” Im sure you dont think that a rapist can get off the hook as long as he pays his victims father 50 shekels of silver and marries her. Or that women should remain sient and not teach or usurp authority over a man. Or hopefully that homosexuals and non believers are to be damned to an eternity of anguish and torment burning in hell. To me those are Immoral ideas and if they are divine, are from anything but a “benevolent” diet. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/corycollier Cory Collier

    J,

    I can cherry pick the bad out of anything. I’m serious about this. There is nothing on Earth that is above being able to pick nuance from that is offensive. That you mention some of the more disagreeable parts of the Bible, without referencing the overwhelming volume of good in it, speaks only that you’ve not read any of it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/corycollier Cory Collier

    Right and wrong is not subjective. Right and wrong are absolutes. There is no deviation from this fact. To avoid it is cowardice.