Recently, I read a book entitled “Holding Fast”, the gripping story of one’s faith in the midst of trial.
Extremely well written, it seemed lacking in one respect. It lacked a clear articulation of The Faith.
Upon reflection, this seems to be representative of the current religious climate: strong on subjectivity, weak on objectivity.
The Faith is objective.
My experience of The Faith is subjective and reflective of my personal paradigm of understanding, orientation, etc.
This trend away from the objectivity of The Faith has been developing over the past few hundred years til at the moment, the antipathy is bordering on the vicious.
‘Course, we now call the vicious “post-modernism”, but it is vicious nonetheless. Euphemisms do have a way of disarming and confusing things.
It's tolerance warmly embraces the sympathetic while savagely attacking the antithetic and has successfully lobbied to establish the antithetic as “hate crime”.
My personal take is this has come about through ignorance of and the failure to personally embrace The Faith.
What Jude penned in the late first century is still of import in our generation…we are to contend for The Faith.
Are you able to articulate The Faith?
Or are you satisfied to respond with the phrase of the defeatist hymn, “You ask my how I know He lives, He lives within my heart”?
Small wonder we are apologetic pushovers!
The Apostle Paul admonished the saints at Corinth to stand fast in The Faith.