Finding Faith in Mystery

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Bryan is an artist, father, husband, and son (not really in that order). He works for the Department of Vetern's Affairs and writes and administers The Fireside Post with his father, Ohg Rea Tone. His writings have not been published, though they have been printed a lot.

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Finding Faith in Mystery

I was producing and publishing my first podcast this week, so I’ve been a little behind.

On the topic of Marcus Aurelius, I noticed that you stated ” A quick look at news headlines today might suggest that divine intervention has actually corrupted the morality of civilization.” I think that the idea of divine intervention, whether God participates in our reality,can be argued, but I think that suggesting that God’s participation might have corrupted our civilization is something that I have a hard time with. I think that institutional intervention tends to corrupt almost every time.

I believe in the mystical. I believe in a power that can heal inexplicably. I am confident that there are things beyond what we know to be fact, things that require us to believe that they are true. I believe that Jesus healed people, though I can never know for sure what really happened when He met people on the street. I don’t believe that the theology of biblical inerrancy is even worth a debate, but I do believe that the Bible is the inspired text of the people whose lives were changed by a power that they could not adequately describe. I am not Marcus Aurelius, and I will never wax poetic with the likes of Robert Bly, but I can walk through my day with the faith that if I can find in my own life the inspiration that compelled the followers of Jesus to choose to believe something so radically different, then I can experience change in my family, my friends, and myself that I could never experience without the universal message of Love that is bound in that Book.

I truly enjoy the comfort of this fireside chat.


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