I’ve been dwelling for the last day or so on this foundational passage from Science and Health (by Mary Baker Eddy):
In Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and English, faith and the words corresponding thereto have these two definitions, trustfulness and trustworthiness. One kind of faith trusts one’s welfare to others. Another kind of faith understands divine Love and how to work out one’s “own salvation, with fear and trembling.” “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief!” expresses the helplessness of a blind faith; whereas the injunction, “Believe . . . and thou shalt be saved!” demands self-reliant trustworthiness, which includes spiritual understanding and confides all to God.
–p. 23 of the textbook
There’s a lot packed into this paragraph. But for me, recently, this statement has helped to pinpoint what’s required of me when it comes to having faith. It’s deeply comforting to see that the word “faith” has a deeper definition than simply blind belief (which is the way it’s often interpreted by society).
In fact… this passage leads me to the idea that we never for a moment have to accept blind belief as our path to God. We can expect to know Her outright, in ways that are a) unique for each individual and b) 100% genuine.
So if I’m trying to have faith, but it feels forced – I don’t have to go there. I can let my prayer be about trusting that good (i.e. God) is a deeply-rooted part of reality, and that it’s revealing itself to me. And that, as I grow to understand God more, God will show itself in my life more.
What a relieving idea this is.
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Tonight, we’ll gather at 687 Centre St – the Eastern Bank – to share testimonies of healing, and how faith in God has brought tangible results. We’ll see you at 7:35pm EDT (or hear you on the phone via (605) 475-4000 x 636128, at the same time).
-the JP Church clerk