Monday, May 15, 2006

True Faith

A number of people have already asked me about what I think about the controversial Gospel of Judas and the sensational Da Vinci Code. Both of them are, as they say, challenging our deepest foundations of faith. Both contain possible truths and ideologies that may either strengthen or totally destroy what we have believed in for thousands of decades. As you may already know, the Gospel of Judas is a discovered account that reveals that Christ plotted his own death and simply asked Judas to betray him. Discovering its authenticity has blown away people's faiths. The Da Vinci Code has drawn millions upon millions of readers because of the controversial affair of Christ with Mary Magdalene. Although fiction, this hit novel by Dan Brown has tremendously affected the whole world.
For some reason, maybe a divine one, while the whole world is affected, I am not. Being a firm believer of the Catholic faith, I am expected to react and go against all of these controversies. But again, I really do not find any reason to. I did watch the Gospel of Judas on National Geographic out of curiosity and as a Christian, I feel like I'm supposed to have endless questions in my head about how to fight this and how to come up with ways to unconvince other people. Prove to them that "hey, these are so wrong..." and "you shouldn't believe them!". But really, I do not see any significant purpose to do so.
One may think that I feel all this indifference most probably because I am a passive Christian. A 21-year old telling the whole world how unaffected she is about all of these seemingly dangerous controversies and issues about the faith simply spells passivity and total indifference. I have thought about it, thinking that I may just be really careless about my faith. That I may just be too preoccupied with thinking about more worthwhile topics at 21. That I just may just have no time to think about matters of faith such as this.

But then I realize that it's not about having an "i-don't-care" attitude. It's not a matter of passivity and indifference. As i think about it, I am totally feeling no worry about this because of my faith. My true faith. One of my friends told me how negatively powerful the Gospel of Judas is to the Christian faith, and I just found myself telling him that it all boils down to your faith. No matter how seemingly possible, true, and authentic these accounts may be, with a profound faith, why would you be shaken?

Faith is that which is there against all odds. Against all circumstances and contradictions. If it begins to doubt and worry, then it is not faith at all. Yes, it is true that you have to fight for your faith when a situation calls for it, but not to the point of weakening it because you start to think about these so-called dangerous situations too much. Your faith is greater than anything and everything that this world may challenge you with.

So why am I not affected by all this? It's all about true faith. A good kind of indifference.

10 comments:

Wolfsong said...

I totally agree with having true faith. But this book did shake me up a bit because I had no idea what it was about until I read it (2 years ago). But since then, I realise that it's important to read up on all the crap he's "researched" so that as Christians we can be prepared for questions and give what best answers we can give (intelligently) because a lot of them might just be seekers. While Jesus doesn't need us to defend Him and while people choose to believe a 2 year old book over a book that's thousands of years old, it's important that we stand testimony to that faith. It's obvious that something about our faith scares sceptics so much that they try so hard to disprove it!

Anonymous said...

Interesting site. Useful information. Bookmarked.
»

Anonymous said...

Hmm I love the idea behind this website, very unique.
»

Anonymous said...

This site is one of the best I have ever seen, wish I had one like this.
»

Anonymous said...

What a great site, how do you build such a cool site, its excellent.
»

Anonymous said...

Greets to the webmaster of this wonderful site. Keep working. Thank you.
»

Anonymous said...

Nice idea with this site its better than most of the rubbish I come across.
»

Anonymous said...

Hey what a great site keep up the work its excellent.
»

Anonymous said...

I'm impressed with your site, very nice graphics!
»

Anonymous said...

I find some information here.