The Absurdity of Faith and the Ease of Faith

Faith is absurdity. It deals with things that are not seen and it claims to be the bridge which gaps the gulf between man and Deity. When faith is eliminated by becoming null or nothing, there is only crude facts left which have the semblance of appearances. Without faith we are only left with the crude fact that Abraham wanted to murder Isaac, which is easy enough for everyone to imitate who has not faith, that is, the faith that makes it hard for them. Faith always involves an act of resignation or surrender, as it were. And this is hard. When Paul takes us through Romans 7 it is an example of resignation. In the midst of this travail of failure we discover our helplessness and wretchedness. We can either resign or we can walk away sorrowful like the rich young man. In the moment we resign we give up everything. It is an act of utterly abandonment. To the world this is absurdity. When Abraham gave up the dearest he had, his son, he got his son back. This is also the absurdity of faith – the paradox of faith. When we give up the dearest we have, ourselves, we get ourselves back. If the rich young man had given up his riches he would have gotten them back. In essence faith is self-contradictory because when we resigned we didn’t renounce ourselves, but by faith we put a claim on ourselves. Strictly speaking it doesn’t necessitate faith to resign, but faith is the force or courage which is set in motion to get ourselves back.

If we delve deeper into the absurdity of faith it asserts that it is finished. There is nothing for us to add or improve. The only thing we have left is faith and faith relates to and recognizes what is brought into existence through Jesus Christ. In the instant we move outside the realm of it-is-finished we have entered a realm that does not exist, because nothing can exist outside it-is-finished. It is the realm of illusions or deceit. Let us try to examine this by an example. A question we often face is how we can give Christ more room is our lives. In the instant we ask that question we have entered the realm of illusions, because this question nullify faith and suggests that there is something we can do to make Him bigger in us. The question also reveals a dualistic outlook or a consciousness of separation viz. that somehow there are two persons inside of us who fight for supremacy. Faith says that there is only person and that person is Christ. Christ lives in me, Paul exclaims to the Galatians. Faith can handle the paradox of I, yet not I. Reason cannot and thus reason asks questions like the one above. It-is-finished states that you are Christ in your form, if Christ lives in you. However, there are baby Christs, adolescent Christs and mature Christs. Each in different stages of growth and each stage requiring different rearing and food. Christ is formed in our consciousness when we gradually are matured into it-is-finished. The crux of this process is when our vision only beholds Christ in us as us and through us. This is indeed the absurdity of faith. The paradox of faith is also that it deals with the impossible but with God everything is possible.

What is faith? Is it something we are or is it something we have? Faith is basically receiving what already exist. In the temporal we receive food, scents, sounds etc. In like manner faith receives what is transmitted in the spiritual. Our “will” faculty simply tunes into what is transmitted, as it were. As He is so are we in this world in all its simplicity denotes that we are eternal life, that we are holy, that we are righteous and that we are faith. Fred Pruitt observes: “Faith is not a special “thing” as an entity in itself, but rather the natural receiving faculty of our humanity tuned into the channel of its choice, and the outflow from that faith/receiving/choice faculty determines the flow of life, in all things natural as well as spiritual.” We easily miss the beauty of a sunset or a stunning scenery if we are tuned into other things whether it is problems, worries or other issues. In like manner we miss the beauty of Christ within if we are tuned into religion, that is, self-improvement or rule keeping. The ease of faith is clearly demonstrated in the natural owing to the fact that we simply receive what we are tuned towards.  This is a potent example of the same ease of faith which is operative in the spiritual.

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8 Responses to The Absurdity of Faith and the Ease of Faith

  1. Brian Coatney says:

    I especially like this sentence: “In the instant we move outside the realm of it-is-finished we have entered a realm that does not exist, because nothing can exist outside it-is-finished. “

  2. Lennart says:

    The truth is so simple and yet so awesome!

    “The ease of faith is clearly demonstrated in the natural owing to the fact that we simply receive what we are tuned towards. This is a potent example of the same ease of faith which is operative in the spiritual.”

    I just love it.

  3. Sandra Tureaud says:

    Wow! I love every sentence!!! Especially:
    “What is faith? Is it something we are or is it something we have? Faith is basically receiving what already exist.”
    Will chew… meditate. Blessings Ole.

  4. Vijayan says:

    Hi Ole.

    This is the first time I am visiting your site and blessed by what you write. I have been a student of Norman Grubb’s teaching and it is lovely to see you expand Norman’s teaching further. I am presently researching on the subject of faith. I have all of Norman’s books on faith and much blessed. Are there any books on faith that you would advice I read.

    I am currently reading Japan Talks by DeeDee Winters/Norman Grubb and there I found a better understanding of faith. Many authors write about faith but never tell the practical nature of it. Norman made is very clear.

    1. Faith has its own witness and the inner assurance – (the gift of faith – when you “know” you know is an action of God. Hence, faith is easy but the practical aspects of it is not easy. (The acts of God and the ways of God)

    2. Faith grows – as we apply it. Faith is action. It is not passive. And it is the act of our faith that in the end becomes reality.

    3. Faith operates within the will of God.

    Are there another articles in your blog I could refer to for further information.

    Regards
    Vijayan
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  5. Ole Henrik says:

    When I had written the article I kinda knew that I had merely dealt with one dimension of faith. Norman does a wonderful job in several of his books to give us a fuller and more comprehensible picture of what faith is. I really like how you listed the different aspects of faith here. Fred Pruitt is also one of my favorite authors. Even though his books do not exclusively deal with faith they go really deep in exploring the mystery. I am certain you have read lot of stuff from Fred’s blessed hand. A friend of mine recommended Sören Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling as one of the best books on faith he had ever read. I received it the other day and have begun reading it, but it is not an easy read. But, some of the thoughts presented here I got from Kierkegaard.

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