Faith

Submitted by sjohnson871 on Wed, 09/13/2017 - 18:21
faith


 Peace and Joy to you! 
 
In 1930, a prominent Rabbi in New York fired off a telegram to Albert Einstein.  The rabbi did not mince words:  “Do you believe in God?  Stop.  Answer paid.  50 words.” 
 
The telegram came in response to a statement the famous scientist had published that noted he always thought of himself as “religious.”  Einstein had written: 
 
“The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of all true art and science.  He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead, a snuffed out candle.  To sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is something that our minds cannot grasp, whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly:  this is religiousness.  In this sense, and in this sense only, I am a deeply religious man.” 
 
In an era when some trot out alleged “scientific” arguments against the existence of God, it is good to note that the author of E=mc2, the greatest physicist of the twentieth century, called himself a deeply religious man.  Actually, Einstein used less than the rabbi’s allotted 50-words for a response.  He wrote that his faith in God was like that of the Jewish philosopher Spinoza, a God “who reveals himself in the harmony of all that exists.” 
 
Einstein recognized both the strength and the limitations of science.  What he was highlighting is that faith starts with awe, with mystery.  When we begin to give some meaning to the mystery that surrounds us, that sparked our awe, we have begun to recognize faith.  
 
Where in creation do you see mystery?  Where are you awed?  Where do you place your faith? 
 
This Sunday we begin a three-week journey through words that impact how we practice and reflect on how we follow Jesus.  Sunday we’ll begin to unpack the word “Faith” through the lens of Matthew 25:31-46 and Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-6. The next two words in the series are “Believe” and “Spirit.”  
 
I look forward to seeing you in worship. 
 
Shalom, Gordon