Scoffers, Doubters, and those who Endure to the End – Jude 17-23
It’s not how you start but how you finish. That’s true in life but especially so when it comes to Christian faith. Jude shows how to resist without and build up within, in order to endure faithfully to the end.
From the smallest of beginnings, to the greatest of ends, for those who endure to the end.
The not-so-hidden secret of the Kingdom of God
…doubt comes into the world through faith.
Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)
Wrestling with the difficult questions of the Christian life (the eternal destiny of non-Christians, the reliability of the Bible, church hypocrisy, etc.) does not constitute a movement. It’s called normative Christian maturation. It is risky business, but followed through, opens into holy mystery and stronger, more nuanced faith. Abandoned, this process can lead to faith’s termination. Perpetuating those questions indefinitely, however, is another thing entirely: Frozen adolescence.
But what we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed. Nowadays the part of a man that a man does assert is exactly the part he ought not to assert—himself. The part he doubts is exactly the part he ought not to doubt—the Divine Reason. …We are on the road to producing a race of men too mentally modest to believe in the multiplication table.
G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936), Orthodoxy
The prayer of the doubter is not, “Lord I believe, conform to the measure of my unbelief,” but rather: “Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief.”
James K. A. Smith