Keeping the Faith

24 01 2013

by Angela

In tough times, it seems like we always turn to or away from God. When we turn to God, we’re looking for answers and comfort. God becomes our rock. But sometimes we turn away from God. We question if God has a plan, why a loving deity would allow bad things to happen, or even if God exists. Our faith can be strengthened or weakened.

Since college, I haven’t gone to church as often as I used to. Yet when I studied abroad last spring, I went every week. Even though I ended up loving every minute of the experience, spending six months in Chile was way out of my comfort zone. Everything was different, from the landscapes to the culture to the language. And to add to the stress, I was going without knowing anyone else.

One of the other girls in my program couldn’t find anyone to go to church with her the first Sunday, so I went thinking at least it’d be a good way to practicing my listening skills. I was surprised to find that I ended up loving it. I had never felt so connected to God. Throughout the next six months, I continued to go to church weekly, joined a Bible study, read my Bible, and prayed more than I ever remember doing before.

Now that I’m back in a familiar place, I’m struggling with leaning on God in the same way I did while abroad. There are highs and lows in any journey, my faith journey included. I hope that one day I can rely on God for more things. But for now, while I’m not relying on God, I have faith that God’s still there.

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Pascal’s Wager

22 01 2013

by Jo

Pascal's Wager

I can easily say my religious belief system could be thought of in the same light as Pascal’s wager.

Why do I believe in God? Because it is better to believe in God and gain everlasting life than to not believe in God and lose everything.

It is simple really. The brilliant French philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote about his “wager” in a work called Pensées. It truly will make you think.

Believing in God is a coin toss. There is equal chance of gaining two lifetimes of happiness (for believers) and gaining nothing (for non-believers).

“If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing.”

So, I go on, believing in God through my own eyes. My Catholic faith and I disagree on many levels, but while growing up, it has given me a place to start.

I believe in God, yes. I do because I believe there is more to life than what I can clearly see. But I do not go around quoting the Bible, and it makes me a little crazy when people take the book’s meaning as literal.

So I wager with reason, as Pascal would, because this is what my comprehensive and meticulous education has taught me to do.

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