Good Friday Sermon: Lose your faith

by Richard on April 23, 2011

Our friend Kim, posted at Faith and Theology*

Lose your faith in God. For as the French mystic Simone Weil insisted, there is a kind of atheism that is purifying, cleansing us of idols. Lose your faith in the god that the cross exposes as a no-god, a sham god. Lose your faith in the god who is but the product of your projections, fantasies, wishes, and needs, a security blanket or good-luck charm god. Lose your faith in the god who is there to hold your hand, solve your problems, rescue you from your trials and tribulations, the deus ex machina, literally the “machine god”, wheeled out onto the stage in ancient Greek drama, introduced to the plot artificially to resolve its complications and secure a happy ending. Lose your faith in the god who confers upon you a privileged status that is safe and secure. Lose your faith in the god who promises you health, wealth, fulfilment, and success, who pulls rabbits out of hats. Lose your faith in the god with whom your conscience can be at ease with itself. Lose your faith in the god who, in Dennis Potter’s words, is the bandage, not the wound. Lose your faith in the god who always answers when you pray and comes when you call. Lose your faith in the god who is never hidden, absent, dead, entombed. For the “Father who art in heaven” – this week he is to be found in hell – with his Son.

*First posted Palm Sunday 2008

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doug 04.25.11 at 7:27 pm

Well how does this post rectify with the Scripture that says “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”? or “If you abide in Me and My words abode in you then you will ask what you will and it will be done to you.” or “Being confident that He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” While I agree a little bit with the post, I believe in the extreme and the extreme way it is presented does not take into account what God’s Word says on the nature of God to man and vice versa. God isn’t some “diest” form of god as Kim and Mr. Weil present God as being. He actually cares about each and everything that happens to us. If God knows the very number of hairs on each of our heads then by golly He cares about everything and I mean everything.

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