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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Afterthought

God
is uwilling to be alone,
and man
cannot forever remain imprevious
to what He longs to show.
Those of us who cannot keep their striving back
find themselves at times
within the sight of the unseen
and become aglow with its rays
Some of us blush,
others wear a mask.
Faith is a blush
in the presence of God.
- A.J. Heschel.

5 Comments:

Blogger Brooklyn Habiru said...

"Some of us blush,others wear a mask. Faith is a blush in the presence of God."

If faith is a blush then what is a mask ?

6:47 AM, February 23, 2006

 
Blogger Valke said...

I think the mask would be indifference to God. Or belief without faith.

8:57 AM, February 23, 2006

 
Blogger Brooklyn Habiru said...

Care to elaborate on the discernment between 'belief' and 'faith' ? I was thinking more along the lines of the mask simply being one that covers the interior hidden spark of faith that is not necessarily expressed as such. Kind of like the essay by HaRav Kook that speaks about the benefits and role of every philosophy and ideology including atheism. Then again I have no idea what the full context of the Heschel quote was...

2:57 PM, February 23, 2006

 
Blogger Valke said...

belief contains no doubt, imo. It is like "knowing without factual support." Faith, I believe, always contains an element of doubt. An example: God cannot be completely defined. Therefore, my definiton of God must be inaccurate. And further I have to acknowledge that your defintion may be more accurate than mine. Faith is my sticking to my defintion in spite of my doubt.

3:40 PM, February 23, 2006

 
Blogger Brooklyn Habiru said...

So, essentially you are saying that we have a twofold nature - the believing side that does not need proof to sustain it and faith is that which is permeable in the face of doubt. In reality you sticking to your definition is an act of belief that enables the protection your faith. As for the side issue which I’m sure you meant mostly just as an example - I concur that God cannot be fully defined, for the fact that I believe him to be Infinite. As such, whichever definition you propose might simply be insufficient rather than inaccurate.

6:02 PM, February 23, 2006

 

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