Tuesday, July 01, 2008

"The opposite of faith is...."

"The opposite of faith is...."

Pause and fill in the blank before scrolling down.

Eight Kudos and a Keltic pretzel if your answer is the same as the great mystic St. Anne Lamott..

who said:

"The oppposite of faith is

not doubt,

but certainty...

..Certainty is missing the point entirely. Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and the discomfort and letting it be there until some light returns."
"Plan B," p, 256)

Internet Monk is in favor of "Being honest with doubt."

St. Paul (the Irish one)..

(the one who said:

"Gospel musicians...can't sing about their doubt..")
(hear him say it here)

once sang with conviction: "Like a preacher needs pain.....Like faith needs a doubt":

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  1. Great thoughts.
    I enjoyed your post.
    You are so right on this subject especailly the video!

  2. This has always been one of my fav U2 songs. Hadn't seen this video. I like:

    Like powder needs a spark
    Like lies need the dark

  3. Yeah, they hardly ever did the song live.

    And when they did do it, it didn't have the "faith/doubt" line.

    I say it belongs in church..

    "like nicotine...I need Your love"


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